Animal Tails
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Readers will be fascinated by the many ways animals use their tails: to move on land, swim, warn others, steer, hold on to things, keep warm, balance, fly, attract a mate, and even to defend themselves! Apparently, tails are not just for wagging when happy. Following Animal Eyes, Animal Mouths (NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Science Award-winning book), and Animal Legs, Mary Holland continues her photographic Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series by exploring the many ways animals use their tails.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 30-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Animal Tails 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 interactive 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 the animals and other things that make noise to hear their sounds.

Written by Mary Holland
32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 4-9, Grades K-3, Lexile: AD 770, F&P: O
   
Hardcover 9781628559767 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628559774 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628559781 $9.95  
EBook 9781628559811 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628559828 $6.95  
Keywords:   physical adaptations, tails
Animals in the book:   red squirrel, snapping turtle, common garter snake, green frog tadpole, white-tailed deer, beaver, striped skunk, Virginia opossum, red fox, bald eagle, muskrat, downy woodpecker, porcupine, honey bee, tortoise beetle
Vetters:   Thanks to Education Staff at Walking Mountains Science Center (Avon, CO) for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

Reviews:

A de-tail-ed look at an important adaptation across species.
- Kirkus Reviews

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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