Praise for Animal Snacks
Animal Snacks Review, February 2013, Science Books & Films
Like the book's cover, there is just
enough yuck factor to induce any reader
to explore the complexities of food
webs. Interesting and colorful images
accentuate the appropriately zesty
humor and global flavor of the text.
Intriguing snapshots of what animals
eat convey as broad and sophisticated an
understanding of adaptations for feeding
as you can expect in 90 pages. This not
just a regurgitation of what we've all
seen before; there is just enough depth
without sacrificing clarity, and just
enough new vocabulary without being
diverted by jargon. A few easy tweaks
to how the book is organized would
have made taxonomic relationships
clearer (for example, whales, manatees,
and dugongs are indeed mammals and
geckos are reptiles). The book concludes
with two nifty lists. One is a tried and
true teaching strategy a list of things for
which to scavenge in the book's pages.
But also there is a glossary with keywords
that, as the author points out, might be
more useful in searching (foraging) for
additional information than what kids
are prone to come up.
Archimedes Notebook, February 2013
Halfway to spring is a dangerous time: it looks bright and sunny outside, but the frigid temperatures sometimes keep us cooped up inside, where it's warm. And that can lead to Cabin Fever.
The best antidote to Cabin Fever I can think of is a book. So this month I'll post reviews of books that are sure to cure the winter blahs.
Animal Snacks, Review by Sue Heavenrich
No, it’s not a cookbook showing how to prepare snacks for your pets. This is a book that celebrates the diversity of things animals eat. From birds to snakes to jellyfish to moose, Dawn Cusick details the diets of creatures from all corners of the animal kingdom. Each page is loaded with color photos depicting iguanas eating cactus, turtles eating sea anemones, fish eating crabs, crabs eating coral, snails eating frog eggs … and more.
Think all birds eat the same thing? They don’t. Hummingbirds like sweets, finches prefer seeds, bluebird nestlings feast on grubs, and gulls go for the seafood buffet. Squid go for shrimp, geckos dine on grasshoppers, and badgers eat just about anything.
Cusick introduces the book with a brief explanation of food chains, defines a host of terms including “producer” and “consumer”, provides a smorgasbord of delectable photos accompanied by minimal text. This book will have young nature lovers browsing, grazing, and coming back for second helpings.