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The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest--And Most Surprising--Animals on Earthby Steve Jenkins
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Did you know that the blue whale weighs as much as 2,000 adult humans? Or that the eye of the colossal squid is as big as a basketball? With Steve Jenkins remarkable exploration of the natural world, readers learn all about the extraordinary animals who share our planet. Clear, concise writing paired with easy-to-read infographics and stunning illustrations makes understanding animal behavior accessible, tactile, and intriguing. Each well-organized section—predators; defense; senses; family; comparisons; evolution; and animal facts—brims with information, eye-popping artwork, and insight. The book also includes a special section on creating a book as Jenkins details his own creative process. This almanac of animals is not only a wealth of fact and nonfiction, but a true 200 plus page span of visual delight. From young eager animal lovers to budding scientists to science teachers, this book is a must-have and the perfect animal book to gift.
"Jenkins compiles more than 300 animals, using a loosely encyclopedic format with sections covering topics like 'Animal Extremes,' 'Predators,' and 'Animal Senses.' Jenkins's always skillful use of cut- and torn-paper animal artwork appears throughout (several images comes from his earlier books), while factually detailed captions describe each subject, resulting in a vibrant juxtaposition of science and art. Fascinating creatures and characteristics abound: 'Most deep-sea creatures cannot see red light. But the spotlight loosejaw can detect it, and it is the bizarre fish's secret weapon.' A colossal squid's eye (shown actual size) fills an entire spread, and Jenkins closes out the book with sections on the history of life on earth, additional animal facts, and a discussion of how he goes about creating books. In showcasing the riches and peculiarities of the natural world, Jenkins offers plenty to seize (and satisfy) readers' curiosities. Ages 6 — 10." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins offers a visual feast in this rich treasury that explores the world around us and the extraordinary creatures that we share it with!
Wings carry tiny insects, fluttering butterflies, and backyard birds, and they even once propelled some dinosaurs up and through the skies. Find out how, when, and why birds and beasts have taken to the air, and discover how wings work in this informative and brilliantly illustrated book about flight.
If you were an astronaut traveling far out in space and you looked at the earth, what would you see? A small ball in the huge black universe. Thatand#8217;s where these pictures begin. Then they move closer and closer to the earth, each view revealing new details. Until finally . . . See for yourself.
In this wordless picture book with stunning cut-paper illustrations, Steve Jenkins masterfully depicts the many levels of the universe, from the farthest reaches of space to the most familiar corner of your backyard.
An eye-catching and informative look at how animals behave in water.
What did you do on the day you were born? This book looks at what a variety of creatures can accomplish within 24 hours of being born.
A beaver slaps its tail on the water to warn other beavers of approaching danger. A mother bat returning to the cave can locate her baby among two or three million other bats by using a special cry. And the male hippopotamus marks his territory by spinning his tail and scattering his dung.
These are just a few of the unusual ways animals communicate with one another. This beautifully illustrated work by noted author and illustrator Steve Jenkins describes many more fascinating and curious ways of animal communication.
Roxane Orgilland#8217;s vivid words and Leonard Jenkinsand#8217;s dramatic pictures combine to tell the story of a boy who grew up to be a giant of jazzand#151;the legendary and beloved Louis Armstrong. As a poor boy in New Orleans, where music was everywhereand#151;dancing out of doorways, singing on street corners, crying from the cornet of the great Joe Oliver for all to hearand#151;Louis longed for a horn so that he too could sing, bring home pennies, and, most of all, tap happy-feet blues till the sun rose. It wasnand#8217;t going to be easy. Many things, not all of them good, had to happen before he got his horn. But when at last he did, he sent music spiraling up into the New Orleans night sky like a spinning top gone crazy.
Animals move! Follow them as they swing, dance, float, leap, and slide from page to page, then learn why these animals move the way they do, from the jumping spider who dances to impress and then floats away on a thread of silk, to the roadrunner who flies, but not too far, and would rather run to catch its prey.
Illustrated in eye-popping cut- and torn-paper collages by Caldecott Honor artist Steve Jenkins, Move! is a playful introduction to motion in the animal kingdom that invites young readers to guess some of the unusual ways that animals get around.
Action is the name of the game, so Move!
In this accessible and informative picture book, take a journey throughout the animal kingdom and explore the many ways animal babies are created. From sea sponges, to frogs, to tigers and dolphins, look at the ways animals find and attract mates and how the reproductive process works.
Elephants swim gracefully underwater and use their trunks like snorkels. Hippos sink to the bottom and go to sleep. Walruses sing as they swim along, and so do whales. Linda Capus Riley has written a lovely - and informative - poem about the ways that sixteen animals behave in water and added notes for those readers who would like to know more about the animals. Steve Jenkins's beautiful and playful cut-paper illustrations capture the diversity of the swimmers.
About the Author
Steve Jenkins, illustrator of more than thirty childrenand#8217;s books, won a Caldecott Honor for What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children. Visit his website at www.stevejenkinsbooks.com.
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