|Really strange birds (Really strange adaptations)|
Author: Levy, Janey
An introduction to the world's oddest birds, including birds of paradise, frigate birds, pelicans, vampire finches, the great grey shrike, and more.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 187838
School Library Journal (04/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2017 Gr 4–7—While unusual-looking animals with surprising physical abilities supply a "gee-whiz" factor to attract casual readers, the series generally focuses on its goal of explaining the advantages of such adaptations. All of the volumes discuss and offer examples of camouflage, a topic particularly prominent in Marine Animals. They consider various features that help creatures attract mates, elude predators, lure prey, and protect young. Birds features a number of related adaptations that contribute to successful migration, while Mammals includes a helpful explanation of how whales and other divers can spend extended periods of time underwater. In addition to the expected toads, frogs, and salamanders, Amphibians highlights lesser-known caecilians. For the most part, the volumes avoid turning into a hodgepodge of odd creatures, although Reptiles has the weakest topical organization VERDICT Consider purchasing the entire series to allow comparisons of adaptation strategies among different animals groups. - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.