Books by Pat Stephens

HOW ANIMALS EAT by Pamela Hickman
Released: March 1, 2007

"Despite the disappointing absence of a glossary or other backmatter, this is worth considering as a supplement or alternative to D.M. Souza's photographically illustrated Look What Mouths Can Do (2006). (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Aimed at recently literate young naturalists, this gallery of animal mouths, tongues and teeth makes the connection between diet and dentifrice, while introducing a light load of special terminology like "scavenger" and "chameleon." Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

"This important topic deserves a more thoughtful treatment. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
"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. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Good, maybe the best available on the subject, but not great. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entry in a long-running series on animal behavior (Animals and Their Young, 2003; Animals Eating, 2001, etc.) suffers more from lack of organization than does its predecessors, but still offers plenty of fascinating facts. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2003

"First-rate: a terrific addition to any library, including the one in your home. (Nonfiction.7-11)"
The duo that produced Animals in Motion (2000)and Animals Eating (2001) returns with a look at animal babies—how some begin as eggs, including puffins, frogs, and platypuses, and how others, such as koalas, giraffes, walruses, and sloths, are born live. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"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)"
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. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"Seasoned with well-chosen examples and scientific terms, this clear, non-technical study will afford plenty of food for thought—though the lack of a book or Web site list will give readers hoping for leads to further information a bone to pick with the author. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Another child-friendly nature book from the team that offered Animals in Motion (2000), this one has added bite. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2000

"The author and illustrator do provide a splendid look at animal adaptation for movement. (index) (Nonfiction, 812)"
Nature writer Pamela Hickman (My First Look at Nature series) provides a closer look at the special anatomical features that help animals run, walk, swim, and fly. Read full book review >
BEAVERS by Deborah Hodge
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Beaver signs, such as tracks, tree stumps, or scent mounds, will aid young observers in the wild; a glossary of terms completes this thorough examination. (map, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
This entry in the Wildlife series features concise, clearly organized facts corraled into brief, dual-page chapters about North America's largest rodent, the beaver. Read full book review >