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Children's Nonfiction Birds

Ostriches

by (author) Rachel Poliquin

illustrated by Nicholas John Frith

Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Initial publish date
Nov 2019
Category
Birds
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780544950405
    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
    List Price
    $26.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780358272663
    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
    List Price
    $12.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7

Description

This third installment in the hilarious and highly illustrated full-color Superpower Field Guide series features the silly-looking, surprisingly fierce ostrich. This two-toed torpedo may have the largest eyes of any animal on dry land, but it can outrun most horses!

Meet Eno, an ordinary ostrich living in the Serengeti, a corner of the African savanna. But there’s something you should know: Even ordinary ostriches are extraordinary. And that includes Eno.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that ostriches are just overgrown chickens with ridiculous necks, skinny legs, and bad attitudes. And you’re right! Believe it or not, that neck helps ostriches run at supersonic speeds. Those skinny legs can kill a lion dead. And these are only a few weapons in Eno’s arsenal of superfierce survival skillsEno has Colossal Orbs of Telescopic Vision, the Impossible Ever-Flow Lung, the Egg of Wonder, and so many more.

You’re still not convinced that ostriches are superpowered, are you? Well, you don’t know ostriches yet. But you will.

Includes a ruler printed along the book’s back side to aid the observations of young field scientists everywhere!

About the authors

Rachel Poliquin is a writer and curator engaged with the cultural and poetic history of the natural world. She has curated taxidermy exhibits for the Museum of Vancouver and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia. Poliquin is the author of www.ravishingbeasts.com, a website dedicated to exploring the cultural history of taxidermy.

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Editorial Reviews

â?? "[F]act-filled and entertaining text....Kids will effortlessly absorb lessons about ostriches and ecosystems, and researchers will appreciate the comparison charts, glossary, and resources for further inquiry."—Booklist, STARRED review

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