|Nature's ninja : animals with spectacular skills|
Author: Johnson, Rebecca L.
An introduction to animals that have natural ninja-like talents, including geckos, sea urchins, bombardier beetles, and more.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 503915
School Library Journal (10/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2019 Gr 4–9—Animals are compared to Japan's medieval ninja warriors in this picture book for older readers. Nine chapters follow an introduction offering background information on the practiced arts of the ninja. Each chapter features an animal with natural abilities closely aligned to a particular ninja skill and begins with the skill highlighted in a stylized text box—"CHOHO: Spying—infiltrating an enemy's camp or society without being discovered." Rove beetles have the natural ability of a choho master. Amazingly, they look, smell, and even behave like army ants, living among the well-known predators. They've even been seen eating army ant larvae! Geckos and sailfish are among the other featured creatures. In addition to a description of the animal's ninja-like skill, there is a section on each creature titled "The Science Behind the Story." Photographs and scientific graphics illustrate each comparison. Back matter is comprehensive and includes a glossary, index, and "Meet the Scientists." VERDICT Both the premise and execution of this title are intriguing. Steer older students toward this book; they will not be disappointed.—Lisa Taylor, Florida State College, Jacksonville - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/15/2019 It may seem unusual for a nature book to begin with a section on ninjitsu, “the art of the ninja,” but it soon becomes clear that there are parallels between those martial arts and many impressive animal attributes, as Johnson makes the case that stealth, weaponry, clever disguises, and a host of other ninja tools are equally useful in the animal kingdom. Each section begins with a specific ninja attribute and expands on comparable qualities possessed by different animals. For example, ken-jitsu, the art of swordsmanship, is related to the sailfish’s use of its sword-like bill. The comparisons are remarkably apt, expressed through exciting stories and equally interesting science. Along with the compelling text, striking photos and detailed illustrations infuse a sense of wonder into the proceedings. Comprehensive back matter includes a glossary, an introduction to the scientists behind the studies, source notes, and even video suggestions in case a reader wants to watch the awesome feats in action. A wonderfully fresh look at the amazing animal world around us. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.