NONFICTION

Humanimal: Incredible Ways Animals Are Just Like Us!

What On Earth Bks. Nov. 2019. 48p. bibliog. glossary. index. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781912920013.
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Gr 2-6–Most readers know that bees can communicate with one another and that elephants have graveyards, but Lloyd’s exploration of animals goes further, with details about farming fish and playful ravens. For each topic (community, feelings, intelligence), the author offers examples of animals that engage in behavior similar to humans’ and describes the scientists who made these discoveries. Illustrations are detailed and engaging. Text is informative enough for research and readable. Comparisons between human and animal behavior are drawn well, leading readers to exciting conclusions about our relationship with the animal world. An excellent glossary, a long index, and a detailed list of sources make this a fantastic resource, but the segment on the many scientists who contributed to the research really put this title over the top.
VERDICT A fun and thought-provoking look at animals that are just like us. An excellent choice for any nonfiction collection.

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