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Well-Schooled Fish and Feathered Bandits

The Wondrous Ways Animals Learn from Animals

by Peter Christie

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Enter an amazing world where animals learn what to eat and how to communicate.

We don't usually think of animals learning from one another the way people do. But now scientists are beginning to wonder if animals are better students than we realize.

Well-Schooled Fish and Feathered Bandits offers stunning examples of animals teaching animals around the world. In England, chickadee-like blue tits learn to peck off the foil caps of milk bottles for a tasty meal. In Japan, macaque monkeys teach their young to wash sand-covered sweet potatoes in the sea. Meanwhile, crows in the South Pacific have invented an ingenious scoop cut from leaves. In each case, such amazing behavior is not shared by the same species in other places proof that these clever creatures pass their skills to younger generations in their own communities.

Through dramatic color photos of the featured animal species, and more surprising examples of creative critters, author Peter Christie presents a delightfully fun and tantalizing look at how animals learn.

 

Contributor Notes

Peter Christie is a science writer and editor whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic magazine. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

 

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 11
Grade:
3 to 6
Editorial Reviews

In an easy style, [Christie] provides a great deal of information about [animal] interactions.

— Brandon Sun

These fascinating creatures have learned some of their best tricks .... by copying other animals of their kind.

— Our Choice 2007, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Lively, visually interesting... well-designed and clearly written.

— Quill and Quire

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Well-Schooled Fish and Feathered Bandits: The Wondrous Ways Animals Learn from Animals

Children are endlessly fascinated by the animal world. Well-Schooled Fish and Feathered Bandits, by Peter Christie, offers information on how animals learn from one another in the same and different species. The author explains the difference between instinct (how animals behave innately) and social learning (how they learn through observing one another). Christie examines six areas of social learning: food gathering, responding to danger, mating, tool making, communicating and developing sophisticated habits.

The writing is clear and economical. Chapters are broken up with sidebars and filled with captioned colour photographs and pen-and-ink drawings. The reader samples learned behaviour such as how rats learn which food is poisoned and which is not, how crows in Japan drop walnuts on roads so that cars will drive over them and break the shell, and how male birds change their mating tunes to get a better response from females.

Well-Schooled Fish and Feathered Bandits is a light-hearted introduction to the topic, whetting the appetite of the curious young reader. Christie provides a list for further reading and a select bibliography for those students who wish to delve into the subject in more detail. Christie’s breezy writing style and the tidbits of information will surely engage readers. They, in turn, will share these unusual facts with friends, teachers and parents.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2006. Vol.29 No. 4.

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Well-Schooled Fish and Feathered Bandits: The Wondrous Ways Animals Learn from Animals

These fascinating creatures have learned some of their best tricks – what to eat, what to avoid, how to make tools and communicate – by copying other animals of their kind.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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