Published by Kids Can Press
Summary: “What animal can you make with dinosaur feet, several feather dusters, a lion-killing kick, black toenails, three billiard balls, the speed of a greyhound, and a hose? Here’s a hint: This animal uses its wings to make sharp turns, quick stops, and zigzagging moves. But don’t look for it in the skies!” If you guessed an ostrich, good for you. If you didn’t have a clue, you could unfold the gatefold page of this book to get the answer, plus an explanation of how all the parts help the animal. There are 13 animals in all. The last page tells more about how early explorers described new animals that they found using parts of animals that were familiar to them (think duck-billed platypus). Includes a glossary. 32 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: This unique, beautifully illustrated book would be a fun read-aloud to get kids guessing all the animals. Listeners will definitely want a closer look afterward to learn about the different features of each creature.
Cons: These were tough…I only could figure out a couple without peeking.