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Two books for animal lovers

My kids loved frogs. And otters, crickets, turtles … they always wanted to know what made animals work. Here are two books that help answer some of those questions.

see-thru-frogsSee-Thru Frogs (see-thru books series)

by Sherry Gerstein

28 pages; ages 7-10

Millbrook Press, 2016

The cool thing about frogs is that you find them anywhere: in ponds, in the wooded areas behind a park, even in sewers under city streets. In this book, kids learn how frogs breathe, swim, and leap.

What I like about this book: The “see-thru” pages help illustrate the insides of frogs – their skeleton and internal organs. You can see that we share similar bones with frogs (backbone, humerus) – but their food bones are much longer and they don’t have neck bones so they can’t turn their heads like we can.

There are tips on distinguishing frogs from toads, an overview of the class Amphibia, and a spread celebrating the diversity of frogs.

animal-legsAnimal Legs

by Mary Holland

32 pages; ages 4-8

Arbordale Publishing, 2016

Legs and feet come in many shapes, numbers, and sizes. They are used to paddle, jump, cling, dig, warn others, catch food and even taste food! The way an animal’s legs and feet look can tell you a lot about how it lives.

Mary Holland is a naturalist who observes animals closely and takes wonderful photographs. In this book she focuses her attention on legs.

What I like about this book: The close-up photos of caterpillar legs, spiny mantid legs, butterfly and frog feet, grouse and mole toes. Every page is packed with details about webbing, spines, flaps, toenails. Some animals walk on their toes; others walk on their toenails. We walk on our whole foot.

I also like the back-matter: extra information for curious minds and a matching game.

Head over to Archimedes Notebook for hands-on beyond-the-book activities.

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Author: Sue Heavenrich

I write about science and environmental issues for children and their families.

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