Books by Etta Kaner

WILD BUILDINGS AND BRIDGES by Etta Kaner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An eye-opening survey for makers and observers alike. (index, resource list) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
A world-spanning look at connections between structures and patterns in nature and those designed by modern architects. Read full book review >
DO FROGS DRINK HOT CHOCOLATE? by Etta Kaner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2018

"It's worth a look, but it won't be a star player in any collection. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Let's talk about animal adaptations! Read full book review >
ANIMALS DO, TOO! by Etta Kaner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Not an essential but still an appealing addition to an animal shelf. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Animals and people share behaviors. Read full book review >
FRIEND OR FOE by Etta Kaner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Unvarnished infotainment, cross-purposed and more suitable for casual browsing than focused research. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
An album of scary, dangerous, or revolting creatures—all of which have better sides. Read full book review >
AND THE WINNER IS... by Etta Kaner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Children will be fascinated by some of the animals feats cataloged here and may even be curious to see how well they might do in comparison. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
How do the different species stack up in the seven events of the World Animal Games? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"This handsome, information-rich, yet brief illustrated 'eco-journal' fills a gap—and more. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This perky, kid-friendly introduction to worldwide "green" construction efforts also happens to be both well-informed and carefully designed for optimal engagement. Read full book review >
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A DUCK IN A RAINCOAT?  by Etta Kaner
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

What child won't find it hysterical to imagine a jackrabbit wearing shorts, a cheetah in cleats or a lobster with a helmet? These clever hooks draw children into learning how these animals adapt to live in their environments and serve as mnemonic devices to help them remember the information presented. People, for instance, wear raincoats to stay dry, but ducks use their beaks to spread oil on their feathers from a gland on their backs. Kaner makes her facts accessible to even the youngest listeners—repetition and humor beg for their participation, while the explanations are kept simple and succinct. Szuc's acrylic artwork matches the tone and purpose of each page exactly. Silly pages feature cartoonish animals, while the scientific pages offer illustrations with more detail and close-up views of the adaptation being explained. A table of contents and tic-tac-toe activity and game board round out the text. A great addition to storytime line-ups (for small groups—it's relatively wee) and nonfiction shelves. (Informational picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
WHO LIKES THE RAIN? by Etta Kaner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

A multicultural cast of characters gives their many reasons for liking the rain in this fourth in the Exploring the Elements series (after snow, sun and wind). In the same successful format as the previous books, the left-hand pages feature a child completing the phrase "I like the rain because . . . ," while a related science question is posed on the right. A gatefold then opens to present readers with a simple and succinct, but accurate and thorough, answer. Among these, youngsters will learn why it rains, where puddles come from, why worms come out in the rain, why plants need water and why the air smells different after a storm. Kaner's clever format allows her to address a collection of questions that lacks cohesion in a way that flows. It will also get kids thinking about what they might like about rainstorms. Lafrance's softly colored acrylics match the tone of the text perfectly, while the simply rendered groups of illustrations behind the gatefolds work to help children understand the scientific answers. A winner with nature lovers, puddle jumpers, curious young scientists and teachers. (Nonfiction. 4-7)Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"If you were an animal and moved to a new home, you would have migrated," says Kaner in her introduction, then proceeds using this imprecise definition to describe movements of lemmings, whales, terns, dragonflies, butterflies, salmon, eels, newts, sea turtles and more. Reasons for animal migrations and mechanisms are complex and varied. This superficial treatment, without sources or notes, puzzles more than it enlightens. When the tail of a palolo worm detaches with its egg case, is the tail really migrating as the author states? Is a fish migrating when it uses its swim bladder to move up and down in the water? A few marginal experiments are included, for example: "Beautiful blubber" demonstrates how fat insulates whales on their two-month journey south to breeding grounds. And a simple experiment with cupcake papers and an electric light models thermal air currents. Illustrations are colorful, but not drawn to scale. This important topic deserves a more thoughtful treatment. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

With dozens of specific examples (unfortunately, more than Stephens actually depicts), Kaner (Animal Defenses, not reviewed, etc.) shows how animals, mostly smaller ones, "work"—building housing, gathering and storing food, attracting a mate, and protecting their young. Starting with a comparison between human and animal for each function, she then gathers animals in groups to compare further. Painted illustrations bring many of the creatures, from honeybee and nursery web spider to weaverbird and otter, into eye-catching close-up. Kaner adds boxed summaries, plus simple quizzes and demonstrations to her easy-reading discourse. It's standard assignment fare, but budding naturalists will be fascinated by the array of nests and burrows, traps and courting stages, tricks and tools. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)Read full book review >