Monday, May 30, 2016

Nonfiction Monday: Back off! Animal Defenses: Undercover Animals by Higgins

I'm quite pleased with these newer titles from Jump's new imprint, Pogo. Although this isn't exactly what I'm looking for in my collection development right now, specifically, I would definitely put it on a list for later.

This title is part of a series about animal defenses; this one is about camouflage. Each chapter features a different type of hiding skills - the first features animals who blend in, with their background or in other ways. "Costume Changes" shows how animals change their colors to hide. The third chapter (each chapter is 2-4 pages long) shows animals that mimic other poisonous or deadly creatures. There are several additional animals pictured in thumbnails throughout the book. The main text is followed by an activity creating your own camouflage, a glossary, and brief index.

Verdict: I'm currently focused on books specifically about individual animals (trying to replace our ancient Nature's Children titles) but animals hiding is always a popular subject with the kids. This is a nice overview with a clear introduction to the topic and fun seek and find activities throughout the book. Additional titles in the series cover animals with armor, electricity, slime, venom, and more. Recommended.

ISBN: 9781620313077; Published 2016 by Pogo/Jump; Review copy provided by publisher; Donated to the library

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