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Talk, Talk, Squawk!: A Human's Guide to Animal Communication (Nicola Davies Science series)

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How does a stinkbug flirt, a bee give orders, or a panda say "back off"? A celebrated duo is back with a guide to messaging, animal-style.

Humans aren't the only creatures who are constantly talking and transmitting messages: animals find all sorts of ways to keep in touch without saying a word. They use colors, patterns, smells, movements, vibrations, sounds, and even elec
Hardcover, 61 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Oct 15, 2012 Miri rated it liked it
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There is a really surprising amount of information in this book that looks like such a light read when you just grab it in passing off the nonfiction display, and I think it would be great for kids who are interested in animals. You learn about all the different ways animals communicate—through coloring, like different kinds of butterfly fish and monkeys; through smells, like beavers and pandas (who will do handstands so they can get their bums higher up on the tree, letting other pandas know ju ...more
Anna Bryce
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Nicola Davies presents a fun, different perspective way to view animals in this light hearted book about how we communicate with the little creatures that we admire. She gives us a look into a world that most haven’t been able to explore in a way that appeal to children: the communication of different animals. She is informative in her efforts to show just how vital it is that animals are in sync with their “families”. It’s fun to seek understanding about the squawks, moo’s, w
This is a tough one to review. Talk, Talk, Squawk! is packed with information, the text is engaging, and the pictures are whimsical. On the other hand, it's going to be tough to find just the right reader for this book. It's takes patience to read -- unlike some nonfiction, you really need to read it from beginning to end. And the reading level is fairly high for elementary school.

The text will work for grades 4 - 6, depending on reading ability and background knowledge. Though I have some rese
This book was rather text-heavy, but would be appropriate for older elementary school children, I think. I liked how the author explained the various animal communication methods (including "speech," movement and color) and the illustrations were cleverly done, with cute captions.
Nov 24, 2012 Marcie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Marcie by: Deborah Stevenson U of Illinois
Teachers looking for an interesting non-fiction read aloud are rewarded here. The combination of graphic and cartoon illustration makes for good non-fiction writing models. Kids who are fascinated by the gross will love the book design and why the panda picture is on the title page.
Abby Johnson
Dec 18, 2011 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
A brief overview of many of the different ways animals communicate, from sounds to electricity to movement to scents. Funny cartoon illustrations add to the whimsy of the book.
Feb 09, 2012 Patricia rated it liked it
Eye catching illustrations, but caught between picture book and juvenile fiction status or even a graphic novel related lay-out. Tweens will enjoy the facts shared in the interesting format.
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Parte de uma séria sobre ciência animal, superinformativa e superdivertida. Li os outros também, um sobre cocô e outros sobre bichos ferozes, muitos bons!
Dec 07, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
A great mix of extensive, fascinating facts and funny illustrations. I got a graduate degree studying animal communication and I learned new things from this book!
Nov 18, 2012 Debrarian rated it really liked it
Snippets of info about how animals communicate things like "I'm gorgeous"; "Where's my baby?" "Keep out"; "I'm on your team"; and more. Amusingly illustrated with scribbly cartoons.
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