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Creatures Great and Small by Karen Patkau
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Apr 17, 12

Our world has so many wonderful creatures that exist all around us. Children love learning about all creatures great and small. Colorful pictures with short bursts of information makes reading about animals that live in the water and on land easy and fun. Animals and insects come in all shapes and sizes. Their diets range from drinking the nectar from a flower, eating insects or other larger animals. These creatures also have a variety of ways in which they can protect themselves from predators. The Poison Dart frog has slippery skin that is poisonous if you touch it. The Arctic Lion jellyfish has long streaming tentacles that sting anything they touch. The Dwarf Gecko if caught by his tail has a way to break the tail off and make a great escape. The tail does grow back. The Japanese Spider Crab attaches sponges to its shell for camouflage. Fairy Shrimp love pools of rainwater, but when the rain dries up their eggs lie dormant, until it rains again. Patkau has put together an interesting and eclectic group of creatures for young kids to read about and share. Charts in the back of the book show young readers actual sizes from the really big to the really small. The glossary gives a brief descriptions of words and their meaning. Children, parents and teachers will love flipping through the pages, inspecting the bright colorful digital images, and talking about what they've learned.

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