What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 061899713X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book, beautifully illustrated in cut-paper collage, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).

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heat. The antelope jackrabbit eats grass and shrubs and can grow to 2 feet in length. The hippopotamus is easily sunburned and spends much of its time under water. These large animals—9 feet long and easily weighing 3,000 pounds—live in Africa and graze at night on grass and other plants around the lakes and rivers where they spend most of their time. Hippos close their ears and noses when they go under water, where they can stay as long as thirty minutes at a time. The ears of the humpback

striped skunk first warns an enemy to back off by raising its tail. If that doesn't work, it stands on its front legs, arches its back, and shoots its spray over its head, so it never has to turn its back on an attacker. Skunk spray is effective up to ten feet away. The world's tallest animal is the giraffe. It lives on the savannahs of Africa and can grow up to 19 feet in height. The giraffe feeds on leaves at the tops of the trees that dot these grasslands—leaves that other grazing animals

in the American Southwest. It is small, 3 to 5 inches in length, and covered with sharp spikes. This lizard feeds on ants and other insects and protects itself in an unusual way. If threatened, it first tries holding very still. If that doesn't work, it puffs itself up with air to make itself look larger. If it still feels threatened, it will squirt streams of blood from the corners of its eyes. This probably confuses an attacker, giving the horned lizard time to get away. In the rivers of South

enable it to walk on top of the water. The water strider doesn't sink because of surface tension (the same effect causes water to bead up on a waxed surface, like a car). The water strider, with a body less than an inch long, skates along on top of the water and eats dead insects that it finds floating there. If you've spent time in the tropics, you've probably seen small lizards walking on the walls or ceiling. These noisy, insect-eating reptiles are geckos. Their name probably comes from

stream of water as far as three feet. Archerfish live in quiet waters from the east coast of Africa to Australia. For Jamie, Alec, and Page Copyright © 2003 by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003. www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com The text of this book is set in Palatino. The illustrations are cut-paper

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