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What is a rodent?
Kalman, Bobbie.
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Publication Information:
New York : Crabtree Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
32 pages ; color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Describes the main types of rodents and their physiology, habitats, behavior, diet, and offspring.
Reading Level:
NC 890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 0.5 36319.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 2.5 3 Quiz: 19287 Guided reading level: O.
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QL737.R6 K285 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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With over 1700 species, more than one-third of all mammals are rodents. From the jumping jerboa to the humungous capybara, What is a Rodent? gnaws through rodent myths to expose the facts about this often misunderstood group. Readers of all ages will be fascinated by:* the rodent family tree* a rodent's body and amazing teeth* homes underground and watery habitats* millions of mice and rats* many cousins from squirrels to prairie dogs* prickly quills, webbed feet, and fabulous fur* pet care tips

Author Notes

Bobbie Kalman was born in Hungary in 1947. She escaped with her family to Austria during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. The family spent several weeks there as refugees before immigrating to North America. Her book, Refugee Child, is based on this account. She has degrees in English, psychology and education, and has taught at both the elementary and secondary level. She has also worked as an educational assistant for several publishing companies. She is the author and publisher of over 800 books for children. Her books are sought after because she writes within specific curriculum needs, making the titles very popular in schools and public libraries. Her works include The Early Settler Life series, The Historic Communities series, The Native Nations of North America series, The Lands, Peoples, and Cultures series, and The Science of Living Things series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-The large, full-color photographs and illustrations that pepper every page of these books will catch the eye of browsers but it is the informative, easy-to-read texts that will hold their interest. Both titles contain basic facts about the animals as a group and identify specific members. They also relate information on the "family trees," bodies, and habitats of these creatures. While there is not enough information for reports on an individual animal, children can use these titles to research these groups of creatures. Dimensions are provided in both English and metric measurements. Although Barry Clarke's Amphibian (1993) and Colin McCarthy's Reptile (1991, both Knopf) are better illustrated, the language and organization of Kalman and Langille's titles will draw even the most reluctant of readers.-Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

What is a rodent?p. 4
The rodent family treep. 6
A rodent's bodyp. 8
At home in any habitatp. 10
All about micep. 12
Aw, rats!p. 14
Dozens of cousinsp. 16
Jerboas and gerbilsp. 18
Life in the treesp. 20
At home on the groundp. 22
Champion diggersp. 24
Water loversp. 26
Capybarasp. 28
Get my point?p. 29
More relativesp. 30
Words to know and Indexp. 32