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 Ostriches (Superpower field guide)
 Author: Poliquin, Rachel

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2019)

 Dewey: 598.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 96 p., col. ill., col. map, 26 cm

 BTSB No: 724082 ISBN: 9780544950405
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5


Price: $22.78

Meet Eno, an ordinary ostrich living in the Serengeti, a small corner of the African savannah in Tanzania. But even ordinary ostriches are extraordinary! A humorous yet informative look at an odd bird's superpowers.

 Illustrator: Frith, Nicholas John
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 509859

   Booklist (+) (01/01/20)

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Booklist - 01/01/2020 *Starred Review* Hey, kids! Step right up and meet the amazing ostrich! This newest entry in the Superpower Field Guide series extols the awesome workings of this strange-looking bird, emphasizing how its unique physical attributes (Thighs of Thunder! Do-It-All Dino Flaps!) allow it to survive in the harsh African savanna. Previous offerings from author Poliquin and illustrator Frith have celebrated the heroic feats of Moles (2019) and Beavers (2018). This new guide follows their established format, with fact-filled and entertaining text supported by pictures reminiscent of vintage comic books. Frith's ink, pencil, and wax crayon illustrations range from simple line drawings to delicately detailed close-ups of feathers and eyelashes, and occasional splashes of muted colors reinforce the bygone pulp-fiction vibe. There's lots of technical information (the puff-and-squash respiration system), occasional activities (after learning about the Colossal Orbs of Telescopic Vision, readers recreate an ostrich's line of sight using a grid), gratifyingly gruesome descriptions of ostrich-generated mayhem (Toe Claws of Death! Two-Toed Torpedoes!), and noteworthy trivia (Johnny Cash was almost killed by his pet ostrich). Kids will effortlessly absorb lessons about ostriches and ecosystems, and researchers will appreciate the comparison charts, glossary, and resources for further inquiry. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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