Monday, January 16, 2017

Lesser Spotted Animals

Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of 
By Martin Brown
Scholastic Inc, 2016. 53 p.

There are so many books on animals here at the library. Animal science is interesting! However, most of the books on animals are about animals most readers have already heard of (lions and tigers and bears or the like). Not this book. This book is about all the nifty animals that most people have never heard of. There are facts about animals like the Cuban Solenodon (the “shaggy Caribbean insectivore with a toxic bite”) or the Banded Linsang (the “stealthy stalker of Southeast Asian treetops”) just to name a couple. This book is clever and funny and informational. It explains that while some animals (like elephants) are cool and people know about them…they should also know about the Russian Desman (the “swampy insectivore with a sensational snout” that has many functions similar to an elephant). This book not only tells facts about unusual animals…it also tells you why in the world you should care about those unique creatures. Basically, this is a delightful book to read for any young animal scientist who loves learning bizarre facts about lesser-known creatures. Yes, please!

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