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How to Clean a Hippopotamus by Steve Jenkins
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Jul 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: information-texts, author-study-steve-jenkins, author-study-nic-bishop
Read in July, 2011 — I own a copy

How does a Nile crocodile keep its teeth clean? How does the sunfish care for its worm infested skin? How does the honeyguide bird break into a bees’ nest? They have partners! Using cut-paper art and a graphic-novel format, Jenkins and Page bring to life the unexpected beneficial relationships between various animals. Less familiar facts are included about well-known partnerships. For example, a clownfish slowly develops resistance to a sea anemone by brushing lightly against the stinging tentacles and if it leaves the anemone for more than 45 minutes, it has to start the process of developing resistance over again! (Did Nemo have to do that?) Overall, the book is thought provoking, offering a window in on the complexity of symbiosis. The format of this book would make it an appealing text for a wide range of readers.

Review I wrote for IRA Today, May 2011

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