Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do

Creature Features Twenty Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do Dear axolotl Why do you have feathers growing out of your head Axolotl They aren t feathers they re gills They let me breathe underwater Let s face it Even as babies we humans pay close attention to

  • Title: Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do
  • Author: Steve Jenkins Robin Page
  • ISBN: 9780544233515
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dear axolotl Why do you have feathers growing out of your head Axolotl They aren t feathers they re gills They let me breathe underwater Let s face it Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces Observing another person s features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad And when we look at an animal, it s hard not to iDear axolotl Why do you have feathers growing out of your head Axolotl They aren t feathers they re gills They let me breathe underwater Let s face it Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces Observing another person s features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad And when we look at an animal, it s hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings This isn t true, of course Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty five humorous and very true explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.

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    • Tasha says:

      Look right into the eyes of 25 animals as they answer a question about why they look the way that they do. The animals range from sun bears to various birds to giraffes to frogs and fish. With each turn of the page there is a new animal looking straight at you, ready to explain the feature that is their most unusual. That explanation is filled with just enough scientific information to be fascinating and to inspire more exploration of the animal. The paragraphs are short enough to be shared with [...]

    • Barbara says:

      With its distinct torn- and cut-paper illustrations and somewhat snarky voice, this picture book will have plenty of appeal for anyone interested in the ever-fascinating animal kingdom. Twenty-five animals with unique features--a purple tongue, a colorful nose, a featherless face, a very large beak, for instance--reveal the reasons for those unusual physical aspects. By setting the book up as a short question ["Why are you so spiny?" (unpaged)], followed by a quick response, readers can gain inf [...]

    • Aaron says:

      My library group was very interested in this title. I had a few boys, practically fighting over it when I finished reading it. Fascinating facts about animals with terrific pictures. Sections at the back with more info for stronger readers provide an extension for higher grades and there were a lot of jumping off points for research as well.

    • Megan Kodweis says:

      I have to admit, I was originally drawn to this book because the front cover features a panda, which is my favorite animal. The whole book is not about pandas, but you will not regret reading this book. Steve Jenkins & Robin Page found a wonderful way to ask physical feature questions directly to 25 different animals. It will teach a little bit about each one.The pictures are absolutely stunning which will make children more and more excited to turn the page. The featured animals range in th [...]

    • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer says:

      Using his typical cut paper collage illustrations, Jenkins focuses here on animals with unusual physical features, and provides explanations for each as to the practical reasons for these features. The text takes the form of questions posed to the animals, along with their answers. I wouldn't consider this one of Jenkins' best, but I liked it nonetheless and learned a few things from it as well. For example, I'd never heard of a babirusa or a thorny devil. At the back of the book a two-page spre [...]

    • Carol says:

      The kiddos in my life loved this book. They lingered over the illustrations and savored the explanations. It was delightful.

    • Luann says:

      I've always wanted to see how Steve Jenkins creates his illustrations, so I was excited to visit this site:stevejenkinsbooks/creaI found that to be very interesting, but not exactly what I was hoping for regarding the creation of the illustrations. It gave a link to a video which did show me what I wanted to see:youtube/watch?v=hhJ1wI think both would work great to show students the process for creating a book. I love that he says he "often goes through 10, 12 or sometimes 20 drafts" before he i [...]

    • Dolly says:

      We love reading books by Steve Jenkins and we really get excited when we find a new one at our local library. This book highlights a particular adaptation for twenty five different animals and explains the purpose or reason for the adaptation. It is a humourous book to read aloud and while it is educational, it really only helps to show that evolutionary adaptations occur for a reason. The reader doesn't really very gain much knowledge about any of the animals, but we did discover a few animals [...]

    • Jenny says:

      25 animals are featured as they explain one of their unusual features. Each page begins with a question and then gives the animal's answer. For example, the horned frog is asked why his mouth is so big. He answers that he doesn't have teeth so he swallows prey wholemice, lizards, spiders or insects.hing that will fit in his mouth. The bearded seal is asked if his whiskers tickle and he says no but they help him feel along the bottom of the ocean for crabs, clams and other food. A couple of unusu [...]

    • Aiyana Martinez says:

      Creature features uphold the knowledge and adventure of learning about 25 different animals from all over the world rather they are underwater, land or both. As you read through the book you see the picture of the animal with a question about its features following through to the answer of the question. Now half of the animals in the book I did not know of and being able to see the visual pictures of the animals helped out a lot. At the end of the book there is a grey figure of the animals we le [...]

    • Heidi says:

      The format here is quite entertaining with each animal answering a question about an unusual feature that they have which results in some amusing answers. Such as the mandrill (baboon) who tells the reader that his bright nose is to tell other mandrills males not to mess with him, but who doesn't want to talk about his colorful rear end. The questions are also phrased in an enjoyable way such as the question addressed to the red fan parrot: "Where did you get that funny hat?"The answer?"I'm not [...]

    • Katelyn Kindt says:

      Steve Jenkins and Robin Page may just be some of my new favorite authors. As all of Jenkins' books are beautifully illustrated, this one is remarkably done. The students in my class absolutely loved this book! I really like the perspective that this text takes makes it highly intriguing the reader. It makes the reader think about the picture and listen to the facts to figure out why the animal looks the way they do. The content of the book is also very interesting and for my 2nd grade students " [...]

    • Alice says:

      Hold on to your hats people.a five star. this a mistake? A fluke? Me in a goo mood? Well maybe all of the above but this book has all the elements I love in a book!Great pictures ( I love that pieced collage art favorite in children's books right now)I love the information and details!I found myself googling some of theses animals just to get a real picture of what they are!I might nominate this for the Information Beehive Book Award!

    • Holly says:

      Fabulous collage illustrations show unusual animals as they explain the purposes of their unique features. Each page begins with a question posed to an animal who explains the purpose. This book is both humorous and informational. Maps show the habitat of each animal with information about their diet and size. The book also includes references and a website with additional information about the creation of the book.

    • Marcie says:

      Slightly irreverent in tone, but kids will enjoy the humor. My favorite: "Dear madrill: Why is your nose so colorful? My bright red and blue nose tells other madrills that I'm a full-grown male monkey, so they'd better not mess with me. My rear end is pretty colorful too, but I'd rather not talk about that."As always Steve Jenkin's illustrations are super.

    • Beth says:

      I continue to marvel at the amazing paper collage artwork of Steve Jenkins, but what I especially love about Creature Features is the conversational nature of the text with a jovial question and answer format. It's definitely a fun AND educational book for kids.

    • Kaethe says:

      Library copy

    • momma.hailey says:

      Appreciate the clever format of the book. Learned a lot too.

    • Edward Sullivan says:

      Another superb nature book from these consistently excellent husband and wife collaborators.

    • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) says:

      Question and Answer structure is informative and at times humorous in this winner by husband & wife team, Jenkins and Page.

    • Rachel Tarnoff says:

      Many animals have very distinct features and children often want to know why. In this picture book animals are asked questions about the way they look. Each page has a different animal answering a specific question. Readers will learn why mandrills have such colorful noses and why a puffer fish gets so big. It's a clever way to present an information book. Readers will be drawn to the life-like illustrations and funny comments from animals as they answer the questions. This book is a great way t [...]

    • Sally says:

      Addresses though curious physical features of animals. Such as puffer fish, frilled lizard, panda, vulture. Includes an interesting more about type page. Spicebush swallowtail is listed on this page, but apparently didn't make the cut for inclusion in the book.Thought this book might be a fun writing prompt.

    • Jo Oehrlein says:

      Bright collage-style illustrations show 25 animals with a weird or unusual feature and. The text asks about that feature ("Dear sun bear: Why is your tongue so long?") and then the animal answers with a short explanation.Back matter shows the world region where each animal lives, their relative size, and lists their diet.

    • Mary says:

      Signature Jenkins illustrations and lots of fun animal facts will make this popular with the picture book crowd. Not in depth enough for animal research, but great for students who prefer non-fiction for self-selected reading.

    • Nicole says:

      Its a question and answer sessions with some unusual animals and some well known animals about what their prominent features do for them.

    • Seema Rao says:

      Taking the form of an epistolary tale, this book shares information about evolutionary adaptations on different animals faces. Illustrations are Jenkins classic detailed collages.

    • Courtney says:

      I used this book for my stem program to "design your own Trappist-1 alien"

    • Rachel Smith says:

      Love that the author asks the animals about their features and the animal explains them.

    • Brittany says:

      Primary Picture BookTwin Fiction Book: CarnivoresReynolds, A. (2013). Carnivores. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books LLC.Text Features: Titles, headings, illustrations/pictures, special font, letter-like facts telling, comparisonsText Structures: The main structure is based on a type of question and answer format in the form of a letter. Each animal is asked through a dear ______, why do you ______ format. Then the animal “writes” back describing why they look or act the way they do. For exa [...]

    • Rachel DeLeeuw says:

      This book has been a great resource in the classroom. A non fiction book that is all about different animals. I would use this for grades 3-5.

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