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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A DUCK IN A RAINCOAT?  by Etta Kaner

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A DUCK IN A RAINCOAT?

By Etta Kaner (Author) , Jeff Szuc (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-246-9
Publisher: Kids Can

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)