Thump Goes the Rabbit: How Animals Communicate

HarperCollins/Harper. (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out). Jan. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062491015; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9780062490971.
K-Gr 2–In this volume of the science series, children are introduced to a variety of animal communication techniques. Each spread depicts a species of animal demonstrating a single action, paired with a short, scientific explanation of what that action communicates. While the book’s tone is straightforward, its full-bleed illustrations are winsome and soft-edged, with many of the animals sporting gentle smiles. Back matter includes a brief glossary, a single-page guide to how words can translate to nonverbal communication, and an animal observation activity for young citizen scientists. Overall, it’s a chirpy and informative reading experience that holds varying appeals for various age groups. Very young children can appreciate the simple, easy-to-read sentences and endearing artwork, while curious older readers may be drawn to the science terms and concepts, including the suggested activity (which culminates in young scientists writing a list of their observations).
VERDICT This solid but unexceptional title is an additional purchase for schools and public libraries looking to grow their science picture book collections.

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