A Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays: The Wacky Ways We Name Animal Groups

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A madcap menagerie of animal group names.

They say that birds of a feather flock together. But who knew that bears in a group are called a sleuth? Eagle-eyed author Diane Swanson knew. In a book that's both funny and fascinating, Swanson explores 11 animals and the collective nouns that describe them.

Many terms are a perfect fit. A leap of leopards certainly evokes images of these acrobatic cats. And you can't help but look up to a tower of giraffes. But would you have guessed that many pheasants make up a bouquet? Other animal groupings include:

  • An army of caterpillars
  • A pride of lions
  • A bed of clams
  • A raft of ducks
  • A gang of elk

Each playful profile reveals a term's origins and describes the behavior and characteristics of the animal. Meanwhile, delightful illustrations capture the literal connection to each intriguing name. A Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays is sure to intrigue young animal enthusiasts and budding language lovers alike.

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Diane Swanson is the award-winning author of more than 60 factual books for children, including The Wonder in Water and Turn It Loose: The Scientist in Absolutely Everybody. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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In a book that is part science and part English lesson, Swanson introduces the collective noun that applies to each of 10 animal groups. Some groups, such as a pride of lions, may be familiar to children, but even grown-ups may learn something new as they read this aloud: Ever heard of a bouquet of pheasants or a sleuth of bears? The collective noun appears in bold type, accompanied by a brief explanation of the possible derivation of the term (bears "sniff the air for signs of danger") and three engaging facts about the animal. There's also a full-page illustration that maximizes the comedy of the quirky terms; for sleuth, it's a bear with a pipe, a Sherlock Holmes-type hat, and a magnifying glass. The names are certain to become part of a child's vocabulary, and so will the animal facts. Great for individual or classroom consumption, this makes both language and science lots of fun. Stephanie Zvirin
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