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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-30 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0544811666
LANGUAGE:English

" An engaging and informative look at animals with similar traits who are not closely related with great color photographs. " said.

" Who knew that aardvarks and elephants are close cousins? Fascinating information about recurring traits in the animal world, such as bills, sticky tongues, wings, and spines, with concepts clearly explained for a child audience. The layout of the text was nicely balanced with photographs until the end page, which was a little distracting, but it's a minor quibble. " said.

" Great photos and answers to "Why?" and "What for?" " said.

"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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" 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. " said.

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

" An engaging and informative look at animals with similar traits who are not closely related with great color photographs. " said.

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