SPIKED SCORPIONS & WALKING WHALES by Claire Eamer

SPIKED SCORPIONS & WALKING WHALES

Modern Animals, Ancient Animals, and Water
Age Range: 9 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

Taking as her starting point the world of water, from which life appeared on Earth, the author of this lively title traces the connections between early fossil records and modern examples of six water-connected species: segmented worms, cephalopods (squids, octopuses, and nautiluses), scorpions, platypus, whales and Canada geese. Like its predecessor, Super Crocs & Monster Wings (2008), this features jazzy typography, colorful backgrounds and plenty of clearly identified color photographs. Each section includes a page of “Family Ties” and another of “Fun Facts,” and between each section a double-page spread explains a more general concept (plankton, tides, salt vs. fresh water). Differing page designs make it easy to distinguish subjects and sections. Clear descriptions use scientific names, with pronunciation given in context. The “pop” format belies the real science behind this informative offering. The vibrant presentation will draw in browsers, who will find fascinating examples of evolution at work. A bibliography of books and websites for further exploration of each topic is included, as well as a selected list of the author’s sources. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55451-206-5
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Annick Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2009