Animal Behavior

Cool Animal Names 238 x 300 Animal BehaviorCusick, Dawn Cool Animal Names: Porcupinefish, Zebra Eels, Leopard Geckos, Owl Monkeys, Giraffe Beettles, & 251 Other Bizarre Creatures
Gr. 4–6   80 pp. Charlesbridge/Imagine 2011

Cusick introduces over two hundred fifty animals with unusual names; they’re grouped according to nomenclature rather than species (for example, readers will find leopard frogs with leopard sharks and leopard moths). Clear photographs accompany brief descriptions of habitats, behavior, and/or unique characteristics. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the variety of familiar and unfamiliar animals and will return for multiple browsing experiences. Ind.
Subjects: Natural History; Animals; Names

Talk Squawk 469 x 300 Animal BehaviorDavies, Nicola Talk, Talk, Squawk!: A Human’s Guide to Animal Communication
Gr. 4–6   64 pp. Candlewick 2011

Illustrated by Neal Layton. Davies presents the ways in which animals communicate through the use of color and pattern recognition, smells, sounds, and chemical exchanges; she also discusses how humans are researching all this. Her friendly tone makes the complex ideas remarkably clear and understandable, and Layton’s cartoon illustrations, complete with humorous communications from the anthropomorphized creatures, neatly underscore the important scientific messages. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Natural History; Animal communication

Elephant Talk 258 x 300 Animal BehaviorDowner, Ann Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication
High school   112 pp. Twenty-First Century 2011

Downer provides an engrossing account of the science of elephant communication, covering elephant social networks, the workings of their vocal equipment, and what we know about the sounds, smells, and various behaviors they employ. Prominently linked to the detailed scientific information are the researchers who investigate it. Appealing color photos of people and elephants are found throughout the volume. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Mammals; Animal communication; Animals–Elephants; Scientists

Attracting Mates 227 x 300 Animal BehaviorPryor, Kimberley Jane Attracting Mates
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Smart Apple 2012
Pryor, Kimberley Jane Food and Feeding
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Smart Apple 2012
Pryor, Kimberley Jane Having Young
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Smart Apple 2012
Pryor, Kimberley Jane Homes
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Smart Apple 2012
Pryor, Kimberley Jane Migration
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Smart Apple 2012
Pryor, Kimberley Jane Movement
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Smart Apple 2012

Animal Lives series. Though the emphasis here is on breadth rather than depth, these books are well organized and helpfully formatted to demonstrate a wide range in each of the behaviors they treat. In each, a brief introduction is followed by a sample flow chart of, say, a food web; double-page spreads of different methods of feeding follow. Colorful captioned photographs and boxed facts supplement the texts. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Natural History; Animal behavior; Food chains; Food; Animals; Animal babies; Animal homes; Migration; Animal locomotion

Amazing Eyes 359 x 300 Animal BehaviorStewart, Melissa Amazing Eyes Up Close
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Enslow/Elementary (Enslow Publishers, Inc.) 2012
Stewart, Melissa Fantastic Feet Up Close
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Enslow/Elementary (Enslow Publishers, Inc.) 2012
Stewart, Melissa Incredible Ears Up Close
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Enslow/Elementary (Enslow Publishers, Inc.) 2012
Stewart, Melissa Nifty Noses Up Close
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Enslow/Elementary (Enslow Publishers, Inc.) 2012
Stewart, Melissa Talented Tails Up Close
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Enslow/Elementary (Enslow Publishers, Inc.) 2012
Stewart, Melissa Terrific Tongues Up Close
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Enslow/Elementary (Enslow Publishers, Inc.) 2012

Animal Bodies Up Close series. These books look at the ways animals use parts of their bodies, concluding with how humans use the same body part. Each of eight double-page spreads includes a photograph of the animal, a close-up of the featured part, and a few easy-to-read sentences about how the animal uses said body part. An appended guessing game introduces new information. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Natural History; Animals; Feet; Animal behavior; Eyes; Ears

From the January 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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