Animal Ears

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Animal Ears
Hearing is an important sense for animals’ survival. Ears give animals vital information to help them find food or listen for predators ready to attack. This continuation of Mary Holland’s award-winning Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series features a wide variety of animal ears and how animals use them. Did you know that some animals have ears on their legs? Like the eyes, mouths, legs, and tails featured in previous books, animal ears come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes—a perfect match for each animal’s needs.

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 Ears 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.

Written by Mary Holland
32 pg, 8.5 X 10, Ages 4-9, Grades K-3, Lexile: 560, F&P: O
Hardcover 9781607184478 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607184522 $9.95  
EBook 9781607184904 $6.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781607184638 $9.95  
Spanish EBook 9781607185161 $6.95  
Keywords:   physical adaptations, ears, hearing, senses
Animals in the book:   snake, frog, katydid, praying mantis, owl, songbird, woodpecker, bat, rabbit, bobcat, fox, beaver
Vetters:   Thanks to Tabbi Kinion, Statewide Education Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Sarah Chatwood at the Montana Audubon Center for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

Other books in this "Animal Adaptations Series" include:


The gorgeous close-up photography that occupies two-thirds of every double-page spread is the big draw, though readers will still wish that some came with arrows pointing out the ears. Children who are paying attention will immediately ask a question after reading or hearing the first sentence, and adult partners will want to be prepared, especially since the answer is a bit complicated: “Most animals have ears”; which do not is the obvious question. Las orejas de los animales, a Spanish-language companion, publishes simultaneously.
- 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 children’s books with Arbordale include Yodel the Yearling, Otis the Owl, 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), Animal Legs, Animal Tails, and Animal Ears. 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


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