Shell, Beak, Tusk: Shared Traits and the Wonders of Adaptation Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-10 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"A look at animals and the special traits they have developed through evolution. I really liked how high interest facts were woven into text that did the double duty of cluing readers in to any shared ancestors between the animals being presented in a given spread. I appreciated the way the information was formatted because it allowed the author to pair up very different animals and discuss the trait they had in common (i.e. a shell) while also incorporating some geography and information relating to how animals are classified.

This book does a great job of getting readers excited to learn more about this topic or any of the individual animals presented. The full color photos are large and allow readers to see details they might not have noticed before in other nonfiction books for his age range (i.e. the small teeth in a duck's beak or the texture of a duck-billed platypus beak).

Highly recommended for grades 2-5.
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" Everyone learns at an early age that birds have beaks, but you don't usually learn until later that birds aren't the only ones with this neat adaptation. This book takes a unique approach to an adaptation book, by showing specific adaptations that very different animals have in common. They are shown through really clear and bright photographs, paired with clear and concise informational text. This would be a great independent read for any animal lover. " said.

" A cool book that talks about similar traits in animals who are not closely related. Photographs of the animals are included. " said.

" What a wonderful book for discussions of adaptation and evolution for primary and intermediate students. Published April 14, 2017 " said.

" Add this title to your elementary nonfiction collection. Readers of Pink is for Blobfish or Lesser Spotted Animals will love this one. " said.

" mentor text for compare and contrast " said.

" Such a great example of compare and contrast writing, with lots of great animal facts and nice photographs " said.

" Great information and comparisons in an exploration of animal traits and adaptations. I would love to see a map added since the location of many of the animal's was mentioned. Curious about the possible errors that were mentioned by one reviewer... Great photos of the animals being compared. " said.

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