Monday, November 21, 2011

Animal Eggs: An Amazing Clutch of Mysteries and Marvels!

Animal Eggs: An Amazing Clutch of Mysteries and Marvels!

By Dawn Cusick & Joanne O’Sullivan

Publisher and date: EarlyLight Books (February 1, 2011)
Reading level: 7 and up
Book Info: 48 pages
Genre: Non-fiction picture book
ISBN: 0979745535

Book Summary
Kids who like animals will love Animal Eggs! Discover amazing colors and dozens of shapes and sizes—pink, yellow, orange, red, purple eggs, spotted eggs, speckled eggs, see-through eggs, and so many more. Explore dozens of wild and wonderful ways animals protect their eggs: male fish that protect hundreds of eggs in their mouths, female turtles that make elaborate nests on seashores, and female spiders that spin a silk ball around their eggs and carry the ball with them everywhere. Marvel at the surprising places some animals lay their eggs—in fruit, on the bodies of other animals, and even in dog poop!—so the baby animals have food to eat from the minute they hatch. Discover the tricks used by snakes, mammals, and bugs to steal eggs from other animals. Features a dazzling variety of animals, including snakes, amphibians, insects, spiders, crustaceans, fish, birds, and even mammals, all in four-color photography. Includes glossary and index.

Activity Adventures:
Readers will find everything they wanted to know about eggs and more.

Young Readers:
Egg match. Take a few of the more common types of animals and their eggs. Print or draw a picture of the animal on one note card and the corresponding eggs on another. Let kids match the animal to their eggs.

Older Readers:
The book is interactive in itself. At the end is a section titled: Whose Egg is This? Take time to guess who each egg belongs to before turning the page for the answers. How many did you get right?

Take a walk outside. Can you find a few of the eggs in the book? Search high and low for them. Make a list of all that you find. This can be turned into a Scavenger hunt type of game.

Crafty Ideas:
Gather your fabric, paper and assortment of crafty supplies. Make your own special eggs. Use some from the book to gather ideas.

Writing Prompts:
Create your own field guide of eggs that you find during your exploration and the animals they belong to.

Authors Arena

Dawn Cusick is blessed with many talents. She combined her writing and artistic skills and spent nearly twenty years working an in-house author and editor for a craft book publisher, producing titles such as Tabletop Fountains, The Michaels' Book of Arts and Crafts, and multiple editions of Quilt National. Her fascination with science and nature has now led her to create children's science books. In between books, Dawn teaches biology at a community college in western North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and not nearly enough cats.

Other works include: Animal Tongues and Bug Butts

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