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Open Wide! A Look Inside Animal Mouths
Dozens of startling, close-up photos and info-packed verse explore reasons why animals might have their mouths open. Are they yawning? Screeching? Yelling? Warning? Trying to catch food? Or maybe just pleading for food?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Early Light
(first published January 1st 2012)
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You feel like you could almost crawl right inside the mouths of these animals! Crisp, clear photos show one or two animals per page. Each includes a title done in upper case letters with various colors of text, making the layout colorful and attractive. These are fun, creative titles, such as "Snap! Gotcha" for the turtle or "Crunch & Munch" for the crocodile. The name of each animal is highlighted in the upper outside corner, which, along with the index, help readers locate the animals incl ...more
This is a fine blend of poetry, science, and photography that will engage reluctant readers (and reluctant poetry students!) without any problems at all thanks to its unusual subject matter. The rhymes are clever and catchy, with the verbiage well matching the particular animals' mouths - I was especially impressed with the hippo poem. Factually, it leaves something to be desired (there's not much information that kids likely won't already know), but I think the author's goal was to hook kids on ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun book that teaches about animals in an irreverent manner. The big colorful photographs and the short, rhythmic and rhyming narrative combine well to entertain and inform. Our oldest daughter's teacher highly encourages reading nonfiction books and sometimes it's a challenge to find ones that aren't overly detailed or boring. Some of the rhymes in this book do seem a bit forced, but overall this was a fun book to read aloud. We really enjoyed reading it together.
Jul 11, 2015 Marcie rated it liked it
Recommended to Marcie by: Broomfield
I somewhat wish this wasn't rhyming as I think it would be more fun to read aloud without the forced rhymes, but I can see teacher's using it as a writing model for kids doing animal reports and the photographs are fantastic.