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How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-12 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 16 user ratings
ISBN:0547994842
LANGUAGE:English

" The cut-paper collage illustrations are laid out in comic-like panels, a layout that I found very appealing. And it's amazing how much information the authors were able to cram into a slim book (without it being overwhelming). Sections at the back of the book give additional information about symbiotic relationships and about the animals pictured (such as where they live, what they eat, etc.).Blogged - http://www.abbythelibrarian.com/2010/... " said.

" Another favorite by Steve Jenkins! How to Clean a Hippopotamus will engage kids of all ages as it shares a picture of symbiotic relationships over time. The different perspectives of the animals in each relationship helped me see how they depend on each other for support. The graphic novel format worked perfectly for me to follow the information and the added tidbits throughout completed the picture. " said.

" I don’t remember when I first learned that certain animals who would ordinarily be enemies have evolved to help each other, perhaps when I first read an old picture book titled Bill and Pete by Tomi DePaola about an alligator and his “trusty toothbrush”, otherwise known as a plover. This book is crammed with example after example of those unlikely pairings. Arranged in cells, rather like a comic, using the narrative style to relay the information. " said.

"과학 시간에 배운 상리공생, 공서, 기생..이런 것들이 기억나시는지 모르겠습니다. 저는 부부 팀인 스티브 젠킨스와 로빈 페이지의 그림책을 보면서 공생관계에 대해 배웠던 것만 생각이 나더군요.

텍스쳐가 있는 종이를 오려서 각가지 동물을 만들고 만화책처럼 배치해서 생태계에 존재하는 다양한 공생관계를 지루하지 않게 설명한 책입니다. 악어와 악어새처럼 많이 알려진 짝꿍들뿐만 아니라 우리가 잘 알지 못하는 공생관계에 대한 정보가 들어있고 맨 마지막 페이지에는 책에 등장했던 동물들에 대한 정보가 나와 있습니다.

물론 한 권의 책으로 이 주제에 대한 모든 것을 아는 것은 불가능하지만 생물에 대한 흥미를 유발하고 좀더 심화된 과학으로 아이들을 인도하는데 유용할 것입니다. 또한 책이 마지막으로 주목하는 공생관계인 인간과 강아지는 과학엔 관심이 없지만 애완동물은 좋아하는 아이들에게는 공생관계를 접근하는 색다른 방법을 마련해 줄 수 있을듯 합니다. 만화책 레이아웃 덕분에 어린 아이와 함께 소리내어 읽기에도 적합할 것 같습니다.
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"This is a non-fiction picture book about the symbiotic relationships between certain pairs of animals. The attractive paper art by Robin Page and the graphic novel layout make this book entertaining as well as informative. At the back of the book is area further explaining symbiosis. The animals featured in the book are also identified by name, size, habitat, and diet.

This book is ideal for: elementary school students with animal research, animal buffs, reluctant older readers, and to explain a complex concept in an effective, refreshing way.
" said.

"This is a non-fiction picture book about the symbiotic relationships between certain pairs of animals. The attractive paper art by Robin Page and the graphic novel layout make this book entertaining as well as informative. At the back of the book is area further explaining symbiosis. The animals featured in the book are also identified by name, size, habitat, and diet.

This book is ideal for: elementary school students with animal research, animal buffs, reluctant older readers, and to explain a complex concept in an effective, refreshing way.

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"I snagged this from the library because it resembled Unusual Creatures: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth's Strangest Animals, and while it turns out there is little connection, it's still a great book and my six year old and I loved it. This is all about symbiotic animal partnerships, but not just the ones you know all about-- clownfish/anemone, dog/human, crocodile/plover and oxpecker/hippo... but some more unusual ones, like seagulls and sunfish, or crabs and anemones.
Nice clear, entertaining text and engaging illustrations. Enough gross factor to keep that segment of a class interested, while not enough gross detail to turn off the more queasy.
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"This is an interesting non-fiction picture book that looks at different symbiotic relationships found in nature. The illustrations are stunning from an art perspective -- cartoon-like, yet realistic, renderings in Jenkins' crafted paper/collage style. While I like the illustrations, I would personally rather see stunning Nic Bishop-type photographs accompany the text. With a 5th-grade reading level, I feel the cartoon-like illustrations detract from the book's appeal to the older elementary age group and result in fewer readers.

Teachers could definitely use this book to accompany a science lesson on symbiosis, but would also need to provide access to credible photographs of the animals.
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