How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?
by Robin Page

Price at time of review: $16.00
32 pp.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston, MA
ISBN: 061896634X

Grade Level: K-4

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

This large, visually engaging book for primary readers is an ideal tool to use to introduce or support any lesson on adaptations. Cut-paper pictures and brief descriptions compare the methods various animals use for catching prey, creating shelters, and protecting offspring. Shared with a group, it will not only spark great discussions but inspire listeners to observe their own environments more carefully.

Techniques for fish snaring and hole digging are just some of the survival strategies that the animals in this book use. Each spread is filled with pictures and captions—some straightforward and easy to read, others snaking around the diagrams in surprising ways that will delight careful observers.

End notes provide further information about each animal to help teachers answer the questions that will inevitably follow students' first listening experience. This book for the youngest biologists earned an NSTA/CBC designation as an Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2009.

Review posted on 1/28/2009

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