Cool Animal Names


This fascinating book explains the reasons certain animals ended up with some pretty interesting names. Besides the elephant fish and the elephant shrew, the wolf spider, and tiger beetle there are about 250 other critters whose names are explained in short paragraphs, all accompanied by illustrations.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This book is perfect for the classroom, home-schooling families, or kids who love animals. Every library should have a copy or two!

Content Awareness Factors:

Absolutely none.

Little Kid Reaction

A friend of mine shared this book with a few of his students and they loved it. In fact, a number of them asked if they could check the book out over night. It took him almost a week to get the book back to me! He is going to purchase one himself for his classroom.

Parent Reaction

What a wonderful, cool book! I loved the concept and the photography, and I learned a lot about some very odd creatures.

Type of Book:
Readers are treated to a nonfiction chapter book with lots of images of the animal kingdom.
Educational Themes:

Given the extensiveness of the content and the way the chapters are broken down by species, you can do a lot with this book. Not only can you contrast/compare animals and names, but you can also look at habitat and the science of naming creatures (i.e., Latin origins).

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 and Up
Age of child:
Read with a group of nine-year-old students.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a must-have for school and public libraries. Kids - including reluctant readers - will find it too fascinating to put down.

Title Cool Animal Names
Author Dawn Cusick
Publisher Charlesbridge © 2011
ISBN 9781936140398
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.95
Genres Nature, Science, Animal (Nonfiction)
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