Monday, April 18, 2011

Talk about deadly

National Geographic Readers: Deadliest AnimalsChildren love animals, so just imagine their reactions as they read  National Geographic Readers: Deadliest Animals. I can already hear the shrieks and screams of young readers as they come eye to eye with a Sydney Funnel Web Spider, cringe when they see the practice of bee bearding, and look twice as a polar bear rips into a seal with its sharp teeth.

Most of us think the African lion is one of the world's deadliest animals, but National Geographic has narrowed down many more of the Earth's most dangerous creatures such as red kangaroos, oak processionary caterpillars, rattlesnakes, saltwater crocodiles, and hippos. Weird but true facts are scattered throughout, and deadly definitions introduce young readers to words such as prey, herbivore and carnivore.

In true National Geographic style, young readers will be amazed at the vibrant photography, but they'll also be wowed by the toxic tidbits that introduce them to the life of native rain forest peoples, and compare the tentacles of a box jellyfish's body to basketballs. My goosebumps still won't go away from those pictures of the Sydney Funnel Web Spider. Eeeewwww!

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (January 11, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1426307578
ISBN-13: 978-1426307577
Source of review copy: Publicist

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  1. I agree--kids love books that feature fierce animals. I can peek at photos of a lion or some other creature devouring its prey, but when it comes to documentaries I have to turn away.

  2. Too funny, Catherine! =) And there are a lot of documentaries out now w/ animals--African Cats and Born to be Wild. They look interesting, though.