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How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  123 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Flies are fast! They can hover, walk upside down, and use their lightning-quick reflexes to escape predators. But rainbow trout, slender lorises, and assassin bugs can catch them. Chimney swifts can, too. How do such diverse creatures manage to capture the same prey? Similar in structure to What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?, this eye-popping picture book introduces rea ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 6th 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Tricia Douglas
Another great book by Steve Jenkins and his wife Robin Page. This book allows children (and adults) a discovery into how animals catch food and use nature to stay alive. Jenkins' beautiful illustrations make all of his books one to have for your bookshelf. In addition the information provided for each animal is well-researched, unique, and gives you mportant facts to file away in your own brain! I have found all of his books so wonderful I have purchased my own copies. These are books definitely ...more
Kylee Myers
This clever book discusses the many ways that animals catch their food. The title is a bit deceiving because this book is about many different food sources, not just flies. Many animals eat fish, and each of them has a different way of catching these fish. Many animals eat eggs, and each of them has a different way of catching these eggs. Some animals eat clams, and they all have their own ways of opening the shell to catch the clam. This book also includes different ways that animals use leaves ...more
I just really love Steve Jenkins. His art is amazing ... and your non-fiction lovers will go crazy over his topics. He "gets" some of the weird things kids are interested in this case what animals eat, how eggs hatch, different ways to dig a hole, etc.
****K-5. Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-618-96634-9. $17.55. In How Many Ways Can You Catch A Fly, Jenkins and Page explore six questions that will ignite a passion for the natural world. Each themed section has the same design, beginning with a question in large bold print: "How many ways can you snare a fish?";... hatch an egg; ...use a leaf;... catch a fly; ... dig a hole; and, lastly, "How many ways can you eat a clam?". At the bottom of the page are six small illustrati ...more
This book presents a number of challenges animals face along with their unique methods for solving the problem. For example, one challenge is digging holes. Readers are presented with the question, "How many ways can you dig a hole?" When you turn the page, there is a two-page spread showing how different animals dig holes. There is an aardvark making burrows with his front legs and claws, a Mexican burrowing toad digging into mud with its feet, a red rock urchin wearing away rock or coral with ...more
In their sixth collaboration, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page have created another stunning picture book about the amazing natural world. Each section explains a common problem and how different animals have adapted masterful ways to solve these challenges of survival. Each section begins with a problem, such as; "How many ways can you use a leaf?" The introductions include small illustrations of various animals encouraging the reader to find out more about them. The two-page spread that follows sh ...more
Kira Caillouet
This non-fiction book details how animals use their physical traits to survive in their environments. The layout with the words wrapped around the creature compliments the techniques of the animals.
Charlyn  Trussell
May 30, 2010 Charlyn Trussell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all ages
Steve Jenkins and Robin Page have once again crafted an outstanding science book using cut/torn paper collage. The title question and several others are answered showing the varied ways well-known and not-so-familiar animals perform the same task. While the questions are answered with the pictures and shorter answers in the body of the book, each animal is pictured again at the end of the book with more specific information.

This is a book students will enjoy poring over, for both the informatio
This is a non fiction book geared towards nursery and primary school children. It provides a variety of different animal facts that are obscure, yet intriguing. The illustrator uses torn paper to create the artwork that accompanies the facts in this book. The torn paper adds intricate detail to the animals, emphasizing their realistic appearance. This book is extremely helpful to an outdoor classroom such as mine; the amazing facts it provides keeps the students interested and asking more and mo ...more
Alyssa Overstreet
Added information in the back of the book for each tale
Yahya Han
I think that this book would be the best example for teaching science through non-fiction picture books. Firstly, it has very living pictures and they make this book more interesting. Also, Hurst suggests that use this book in an animal science unit. This is also a great book to use in the art curriculum to inspire paper collages and to show the possible range of effects, from fine cut details to soft fur. You can't spend much time with this book without trying to make the moist, shiny eyes of t ...more
This book used colorful pictures to describe very detail-oriented characteristics of animals. Ex: how different animals use leafs, how they eat clams, how they catch fish. Overall very interesting
Dec 02, 2008 Cindi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cindi by: Marni
Hooray for fun non-fiction books! I sat with my five year old to read this book which is just as entertaining, if not more than many fiction picture books! There were things I knew and things I did not know about the animal world. The pictures were just great. There's plenty of information in the main part of the book, but if you want to explore the animals mentioned further, the end of the book contains more information.
Steve Jenkins' illustrations are always amazingly detailed, making each of his books worth a look. Educational as well, this title shows how different members of the animal kingdom accomplish the same task in a variety of ways, from catching flies to digging holes to hatching eggs (and some of it is just...ick) and more. Jenkins & Page are always a sound investment for the science shelves.
James Vickery
This book would be great for a second or third grade classroom. The book gives many animals that survive by catching flies. The book can be used to tap into the food chain understanding. The book has some surprising animals that catch flies. This book will be sure to keep children engaged.
This is a great book to share with children. I like these kind of nonfiction books--basic interesting information is provided in a brief, upbeat manner, with more detailed information in the back for families who want to pursue the subject a bit more.
Amanda Petrucelli
Good children's book, nominated for Young Hoosier Award. Non-fiction with some good gross-out science about fantastic animals. Would be better with photos rather than drawings, but they don't pay me to make THOSE decisions.
Another fun Jenkins books. Explores the different 'talents' of animals like how they catch flies, hatch eggs, use leaves, dig a hole, etc. I love how they share the information in a fresh and fun way.
This book does an impressive job of answering a number of simple essential questions about animals and includes an abundance of extra information in the back of the text. Great book.
I love Jenkins' books. I like to read them while seated at the computer, so I can google for more images/info on the the animals he features.
It was the Planet's Most Extreme Animals as a book. We all loved it because the art is awesome and the critters were almost all new to us.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I always learn something when reading a Steve Jenkins' book. And I usually learn some stuff that I didn't want to know too. Ewwww!!!!
I really appreciate books by Steve Jenkins. My kids really liked the presentation and learned a lot! Another great nonfiction read.
Many ways that animals and bug eat and get eaten...lots of colorful illustrations for kids to ponder over.
Emerson School  Library
January 2011: shared with 4/5th grades in their nonfiction unit - they loved it!
I liked that it showed what all these animals can do to have a good life.
The Library Lady
Fascinating information and eye catching art.
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