Mammal Mania: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Mammals

Chicago Review. (Young Naturalists: Bk. 7). Apr. 2021. 144p. pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781641604369.
Gr 4-6–This informative introduction to the classification, bodies, and behavior of mammals often employs wordplay. Straightforward explanations remind readers of their own mammalian qualities. Encouraging observation, thinking, and analysis, the author often questions or advises readers: “Did you ever…?” “Imagine that....” Many familiar and lesser-known mammals from all over the world appear in handsome photographs as examples throughout. Each of the 10 chapters features one mammal in a species spotlight and provides instructions for three activities. Introduction to the defining characteristics of mammals and their classification is followed by chapters on mammal bodies, locations, diet, relationships, reproduction, and communication. Moving to human responsibilities, the final two chapters describe jobs that involve working with mammals and ways to respond to problems caused by pollution and climate change. The activities offer children and teachers many ways of practicing reading, research, observation, writing, and drawing to learn about nature and science. Back matter includes a glossary, online resources, lists of ideas and questions for teachers, a short bibliography of larger guides and surveys, and an index.
VERDICT Appealing for browsing and personal reading and for the variety of science projects.

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