Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"Animals Eating: How Animals Chomp, Chew, Slurp, and Swallow"

Animals Eating: How Animals Chop, Chew, Slurp and Swallow
Written by: Pamela Hickman
Illustrated by: Pat Stevens
Published by: Kids Can Press in Tonawanda, NY in 2001
ISBN: 1-55074-577-8
Genre(s): Picture Book, Informational Text
Reading Level: 4
Activity Level: 2

Summary: This book deals with several animals and how they eat. It talks about their tongues, their mouths, and their huge teeth. It also provides readers with interesting facts about each animal related to eating. Readers learn things such as how many stomachs cows have and how snakes’ jaws work from this book, along with much other interesting information about animals.

Response: One great thing about this book is that it introduces children to several animals they may not have been aware such as lampreys, pikas and baleens. Furthermore, this book also gives such great information about these animals to the readers. It also does things such as compare human teeth to those of animals, such as horses. I also really liked the activities throughout this book, such as the “tongue trapper,” which is a model of a frog’s tongue, the one that helps children see how a gizzard helps birds grind the seeds they eat, and the “straws and sponges” activity that helps children see how different insects feed on liquids.

The illustrations in this book are rather remarkable. Many of the pictures are double-page spreads of the animals and are greatly detailed to show much texture. Others of the illustration are smaller drawings of other animals discussed within the work. All of these illustrations are beautifully colored with somewhat muted tones.

Teaching Connections: This book would be great to use with second graders in teaching them about different animals. The teacher could read this book to them and talk about each of these animals. She could then assign each student in her classroom to one animal and have that child bring in a representation of that animal that he or she created. The creature would have the aspects of that animal that were discussed in the story visible. The teacher would also do an activity with Venn Diagrams about comparing and contrasting some of the animals in the book, either with the whole class, or by having the children separate into groups.

What Students Learn: From this book and the activity, students learn about many animals and their feeding habits and can even compare ways that animals eat to themselves.

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