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Animals at work : how animals build, dig, fish and trap
Kaner, Etta.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Kids Can Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Ages 7-11.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 1.0 53347.
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QL751.5 .K36 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Did you know that termites build towers as tall as houses? Or that ogre-faced spiders throw net traps over their prey? Whether it's to gather food, build shelter or attract a mate, animals work in unexpected ways. Kids can try activities that demonstrate some surprising animal skills, like blowing bubbles the way a spittlebug does to hide itself from predators. Or mastering the half hitch and running knots that the weaverbird ties (with its feet!) when it builds a nest. Using concise language and realistic illustrations, Animals at Work takes a resourceful approach to exploring animal life.

Author Notes

Etta Kaner is a teacher and an award-winning author. Her books include Animal Defenses, Bridges and Sound Science. She lives in Toronto, Ontario
Pat Stephens is an illustrator who lives in Flesherton, Ontario. Her previous books include Animals Eating, Animal Senses and Animal Defenses

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Seven chapters focus on the survival techniques of several animals, ranging from the common honeybee to the yellowhead jawfish, briefly discussing their shelters, methods of gathering food, or mating rituals. Kaner piques readers' curiosity with catchy section headings and by asking questions. Each of the chapters includes at least one related activity requiring readily available materials. "All in knots," for example, illustrates how to tie three different knots used by the weaverbird when it builds a nest. A piece of rope is all that is needed. Large print, a pleasing layout, and complementary watercolor illustrations create a visually appealing book. A fun matching game and a challenging quiz are included. Kaner's book lacks the depth necessary for assignments, but will be enjoyed by young animal lovers.-Cathie E. Bashaw, Somers Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Home sweet homep. 6
Showing offp. 12
Safe and soundp. 18
Catch that mealp. 24
Get ready to eatp. 30
Saving for a hungry dayp. 36
Indexp. 40