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.
This book is perfect for the classroom, home-schooling families, or kids who love animals. Every library should have a copy or two!
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.
What a wonderful, cool book! I loved the concept and the photography, and I learned a lot about some very odd creatures.
Readers are treated to a nonfiction chapter book with lots of images of the animal kingdom.
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).
10 and Up
8 and Up
Read with a group of nine-year-old students.
Buy! This is a must-have for school and public libraries. Kids - including reluctant readers - will find it too fascinating to put down.