Our Extraordinary Earth: Non Fiction for ages 6-12

Non-Fiction Book for Kids Amazes!

This is what I learned from Planet Earth, Our Extraordinary World Up Close! by Matthew Murrie and Steve Murrie:

  • The black ink the octopus sprays in the face of pursuers is believed to disrupt their sense of smell.
  • One Dugong can devour a bed of seagrass the size of a soccer field in one day!
  • Crocodiles can sprint (from zero to 8.5 miles per hour in the blink of an eye) faster than a human!
  • Emperor Tamarin monkey males take care of the babies!
  • No two jaguars have the same spot pattern.
  • Cicada larvae remain underground for 17 years living off tree sap before metamorphosis into adults.
  • Dromedary camels have three sets of eyelids.
  • Lions are color blind.

This book has four color photographs and with captions for each photo.  It covers different regions:  ocean deep, shallow seas, freshwater, rainforests, Great Plains, Forests, Deserts and Open Savannas, Frozen Poles, Caves and Mountain Heights with a nice assortment of animals and insects.  This would be great as an overview for a reluctant reader who needs to expand into non fiction to see if there is a particular animal or terrain that he or she would like to explore further.  It’s also the kind of book that you can skip around to find a page that is interesting; my five-year-old will enjoy this book if allowed to select pages of specific animals or pictures.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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