Animal Legs
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Can you smell with your feet? Do you dig your claws into a river’s muddy bank to climb up and bask in the sun? Animals’ legs are different from humans’ in so many ways! Find out why strong talons suit a raptor, or webbing is perfect for water dwellers as author Mary Holland continues her photographic Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series by exploring the ways insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals move and explore their world.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 50-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Animal Legs is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The enhanced ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension. Tap animals and other things that make noise to hear their sounds.

Written by Mary Holland
32 pg, 8.5x10, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3, Lexile: NC 1020L, AR: 4.5, F&P: O
   
Hardcover 9781628558432 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628558449 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628558456 $9.95  
EBook 9781628558487 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628558494 $6.95  
Keywords:   adaptations, feet, legs, movement,
Animals in the book:   backswimmer, caterpillar, green frog, hairstreak, human, mole, painted turtle, praying mantis, red-shouldered hawk, river otter, ruffled grouse, striped skunk, treefrog
Vetters:   Thanks to Roger Wrubel, Sanctuary Director at Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

Other books in this "Animal Adaptations Series" include:

Reviews:

The design (black text set against a white background, along with numerous photos) makes this selection a good read-aloud option in a science unit covering animal anatomy. - School Library Journal

Although written for the early elementary crowd, the writing is by no means simplistic or childish, and both my 7 and 9 year old boys enjoyed it.
-The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Author Mary Holland has done an excellent job of introducing young readers to animal legs and the many functions they perform. With easy to understand explanations, she takes children on a journey through the animal world to explore all the various uses of animal legs.
Feathered Quill Book Review

Author/Illustrator Info:

Mary Holland is a naturalist, nature photographer, columnist, and award-winning author with a lifelong passion for natural history. After graduating from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, Mary worked as a naturalist at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands in New York state, directed the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, worked as a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and designed and presented her own “Knee-High Nature Programs” for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Her other children’s books with Arbordale include Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer (NSTA / CBC Most Outstanding Science Trade Book and Moonbeam Children’s Book Award), The Beavers’ Busy Year, Animal Eyes, Animal Mouths (NSTA / CBC Most Outstanding Science Trade Book), and Animal Legs. Mary’s book Naturally Curious: a Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods and Marshes of New England won the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award for the Nature Guidebook category. Mary lives in Vermont with her lab, Emma. Visit Mary’s blog at naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com.

 


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