What is a Rodent? (The Science of Living Things)

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9780865059238: What is a Rodent? (The Science of Living Things)

With over 1700 species, over one-third of all mammals are rodents. Intended for children of ages 6-12, this book aims to expose the facts about the rodents, from the jumping jerboa to the massive capybara. It also looks at the rodent family tree, a rodent's body and teeth, homes underground and watery habitats, millions of mice and rats, and more.

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Taken from Chapter 4: At home in any habitat Rodents need a safe, dry den, or shelter, where they can sleep, store food, hide from enemies, and raise their babies. Desert rodents use their underground den to escape the sun and stay cool. Those living in cold habitats need their den for warmth. Rodent homes can be as simple as a nest of grass or as complex as a series of underground tunnels.

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Grade 2-5-The large, full-color photographs and illustrations that pepper every page of these books will catch the eye of browsers but it is the informative, easy-to-read texts that will hold their interest. Both titles contain basic facts about the animals as a group and identify specific members. They also relate information on the "family trees," bodies, and habitats of these creatures. While there is not enough information for reports on an individual animal, children can use these titles to research these groups of creatures. Dimensions are provided in both English and metric measurements. Although Barry Clarke's Amphibian (1993) and Colin McCarthy's Reptile (1991, both Knopf) are better illustrated, the language and organization of Kalman and Langille's titles will draw even the most reluctant of readers.
Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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