Animal Skins

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Animal Skins
Fur, feathers and scales are all animal coverings or skins. Animals use their skin to stay warm and dry, protect themselves or hide or even to warn other animals to stay away. Following Animal Noses, Animal Tails, Animal Eyes, Animal Mouths (NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Science Award), and Animal Legs, Mary Holland continues her photographic Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series by the many different ways that animals use and rely on their skin covering adaptations to survive in their habitats.

Written by Mary Holland
32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 5-9, Grades 1-4, Lexile: 640, AR: 4.6, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781643513393 $17.95  
Paperback 9781643513409 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781643513416 $11.95  
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Keywords:   animal adaptations, protection, camouflage
Animals in the book:   wood frog; American Bittern; blinded sphinx moth, porcupine, blue jay, common garter snake, green frog, cicada, striped skunk, red eft, American toad, spotted turtle, white-tailed deer fawn, male and female red-winged blackbirds, human
Vetters:   Thanks to Sarah Chatwood, Master Naturalist and Educator with Montana Audubon for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

Books in this "Animal Adaptations Series" include:


As in the whole Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series, the close-ups of the creatures are the big draw. Highlights are the frog peeking out of the water and the close-up of a fluffed-up bluejay amid falling snow. Backmatter includes some matching activities and more information. A solid addition to the series and a great compare/contrast exercise for classrooms.
Kirkus Review

The crisp photos show great detail, not only of each animal's outer covering but also its face and eyes. Some pages have overlaid text, but generally, the text is on plain white pages facing the appropriate photo.
- School Library Journal

Beautifully illustrated throughout with full color photography and fully endorsed for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library Pets/Wildlife collections for children ages 4-8.
- Midwest Book Review

Author/Illustrator Info:

Mary Holland is a naturalist, nature photographer, columnist, and award-winning author with a life-long 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 Animal Tracks and Traces, Animal Homes, 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, Yodel the Yearling, Animal Skins, Animal Ears, Animal Tails, Animal Noses, Animal Eyes, Animal Legs, and Animal Mouths (NSTA / CBC Most Outstanding Science Trade Book). 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. Naturally Curious Day by Day was published in 2016. Mary lives in Vermont with her lab, Greta. Visit Mary's blog at Naturally Curious with Mary Holland.


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