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 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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