“Animals are all around us. While we may not often see them, we can see signs that they’ve been there. Some signs might be simple footprints in snow or mud (tracks) and other signs include chewed or scratched bark, homes or even poop and pee (traces). Children will become animal detectives after learning how to “read” the animal signs left all around. Smart detectives can even figure out what the animals were doing! This is a perfect sequel to Mary Holland’s Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series.” (Arbordale Publishing)
Can you smell with your feet? Do you dig your claws into a river’s muddy bank to climb up and bask in the sun? Animals’ legs are different from humans’ in so many ways! Find out why strong talons suit a raptor, or webbing is perfect for water dwellers as author Mary Holland continues her photographic Animal Anatomy and Adaptations children’s series by exploring the ways insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals make their way in the world. Arbordale Publishers
The third book in my animal adaptation children’s series (ANIMAL EYES and ANIMAL MOUTHS are the first two) has just been released. ANIMAL LEGS explores how different animal feet and legs are adapted to perform different tasks. Moles, praying mantises, ruffed grouse and many other animals are featured. Each animal’s text and accompanying photograph is spread over two pages. Activities are included in a special “For Creative Minds” section at the end of the book. ANIMAL LEGS is geared to 4 to 8 year-olds.
To order a paperback, hard cover, or a Spanish edition from the publisher, you can go to my blog, http://www.naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com. Scroll down and on the right, click on the cover image (of any book) you wish to purchase. These books are also available in bookstores and online.
Some of you may have seen Animal Eyes, which was the first of a series of children’s books I am writing about animal anatomy. Just as Animal Eyes took a look at the adaptive differences among different animals’ eyes, Animal Mouths describes the wide range of animal mouths. From birds to butterflies, different mouths and mouth parts are illustrated with photographs and their adaptations for different diets are discussed. Carnivores, herbivores and omnivores are included, as well as an educational section at the end of the book which provides children with photographic/textual “mix and match” activities that reinforce information presented in the main text. Available from the publisher (click on cover image to the right), independent bookstores (most will order if it’s not in stock), online and from me (from those of you nearby). This fall the third book of this series, Animal Feet, will be released.