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Can you tell an ostrich from an emu
Silverman, Buffy.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Co., [2012]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Presents information on how to tell the difference between ostriches and emus, even though they are similar in many ways.
Reading Level:
570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 147532.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 1 Quiz: 58142.

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QL696.S9 S55 2012 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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A huge bird with a long neck and big eyes looks up from eating. Then it runs away on its strong legs. Did you just see an ostrich? Or was it an emu? These animals look very similar, but they are different. Read this book to become an expert at telling these look-alikes apart.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Kids are always going to capture bugs in jars and chase lizards into the weeds, not because they're cruel but because they're curious. The Animal Look-Alikes series funnels this curiosity into teachable moments by providing young ones with the tools to look at these animals with a scientific eye. As is typical for the Lightning Bolt brand, the pages are a panoply of primary-color backgrounds, with colorful text creatively arranged around vivid pictures. Can You Tell an Ostrich from an Emu? isn't a question likely to come up in real life (one lives in Africa, the other in Australia), but anyway: count their toes or evaluate their wing span to make a judgment. Structural consistency keeping one animal on the left page, the other on the right would have helped with clarity, but these are enjoyable lessons nonetheless, and the Who Am I? quizzes included in the back matter are especially apropos.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Crickets and grasshoppers can be told apart by the lengths of their antennae; in the first book, readers also learn that crickets can make their songs with their right or left wings. Learning the differences between reptiles and amphibians is easy in Gecko. Whether their skins are rough and dry (reptiles) or smooth and moist (amphibians), both geckos and salamanders can lose their tails to hungry predators and grow new ones. The world's two largest birds, the nine-foot-tall ostrich and the six-foot emu, live on different continents and lead very different lives. The third book compares and contrasts them on each spread. All three titles are filled with sharp, colorful photographs with engaging close-ups of special characteristics, e.g., the grasshopper's abdomen-located "ear" vs. the cricket's on its front legs. Each book has a test called "Who Am I?" to see if readers can identify the animals described in the text. "Fun Facts" add more information.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.