STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books

Can an aardvark Bark?

by Melissa Stewart; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Can an Aardvark Bark?

No, but it can grunt. Lots of other animals grunt too.

This is such a fun book, filled with barks, squeals, grunts, roars, and whines. Also bellows, growls, and laughs. Animals, it turns out, make all kinds of sounds. For all kinds of reasons – and Melissa gives us an inside look at what those sounds mean.

What I like LOVE about this book: The sounds! If you’re reading it out loud, expect your listeners to bellow, roar, grunt, and bark along with the animals. Every page if filled with SOUND – and plenty of examples of animals that make those sounds. Did you know that frogs bark and rats chortle? OK, I’ve heard frogs bark and quack, but laughing? I haven’t heard wild things laugh, chortle, or giggle with glee. But they do and Melissa gives us the facts.

I love the illustrations! Steve Jenkins does such spectacular work, and it’s always fun to open up a new book filled with his cut-and-torn-paper artwork.

And then there’s the structure! This is subtle and it took me a couple pages to realize what was going on – but then I discovered a pattern to the questions and the answers.I don’t want to spoil the fun of discovering it yourself.

But the best thing? Readers learn that animals use a diverse array of sounds to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Just like people do. This is the perfect book to share with a kid who dreams of becoming a translator for their dog, cat, snake, goldfish, or pet rock. OK, maybe not the rock…

Head over to Archimedes Notebook for some Beyond the Book activities, and on Monday hop over to the GROG Blog where Melissa will share her story of how lo-o-o-ong it took to go from idea to book.

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Author: Sue Heavenrich

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

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