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Cannibal animals : animals that eat their own kind
Fredericks, Anthony D.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, [1999]

Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Describes the reasons for and instances of cannibalistic behavior in a variety of animals, including guppies, black widow spiders, sharks, gerbils, and brown bears.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.9 1.0 46779.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.9 3 Quiz: 19980 Guided reading level: S.
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QL756.57 .F74 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Animals intrigue all curious minds, and this series is perfect for those middle-grade animal enthusiasts looking for more animal facts. Each book is filled with informative facts that can be used for report writing or for those animal lovers looking for more in-depth information.

Author Notes

Author Anthony D. Fredericks is a native of Newport Beach, California. After working as an elementary educator and reading specialist, he is currently a Professor of Education at York College, York, Pennsylvania.

As the author of 20 award-winning children's books as well as more than 50 resource books for teachers and parents, he is a frequent visitor to schools around the country, where he shares his enthusiasm and love for writing.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-7. Animal behavior gets vivid treatment in these entries in the Watts Library: Animals series. Animal Sharpshooters describes adaptations that help creatures find food and evade predators, for example, the sea cucumber's ability to disembowel itself to confuse attackers. The tone is usually serious, but Fredericks sometimes strays: in a section titled "Rear Ended," Fredericks tells how the skipper caterpiller shoots "fecal bullets" to throw predators off its scent. Cannibal Animals opens with a description of the female praying mantis beheading her mate, and then discusses the feeding habits of sharks and gerbils and contributes theories about Tyrannosaurus rex. The format and descriptions are somewhat at odds: the details (especially in the second title) are a little gory for many elementary students, but the large type may make older readers think the books are too babyish. That aside, the information is valuable and accessible, especially for reluctant readers. Be prepared to have even serious researchers read aloud from the books to gross out their friends. Glossary; resource list. --Randy Meyer

Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Two books that present information on specialized survival behaviors. As its title implies, Animal Sharpshooters looks at creatures that throw something to catch prey or to defend themselves. Projectiles may be spit, venom, gas, blood, or even tools such as the silk threads that the bolas spider uses like a lasso to snare its victims. A fascinating selection of sea and land creatures and their unusual ways to insure survival are covered. The second book explains why some animals resort to eating their own species and gives specific examples among reptiles, amphibians, fish, and mammals (including humans). Numerous good-quality, full-color photographs-some appropriately gory-round out these well-organized titles. Anita Ganeri's Prickly and Poisonous (Reader's Digest, 1995; o.p.) and Phyllis J. Perry's Armor to Venom (Watts, 1997) are additional colorful sources about some of these same creatures.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Why Be a Cannibal?p. 7
Chapter 2 Tiny Cannibalsp. 13
Chapter 3 Reptilian and Amphibian Cannibalsp. 21
Chapter 4 Underwater Cannibalsp. 31
Chapter 5 Furry Cannibalsp. 39
Chapter 6 Humans, Survival, and Cannibalismp. 47
Glossaryp. 52
To Find Out Morep. 55
A Note on Sourcesp. 59
Indexp. 61