Book of bones 10 record-breaking animals

Gabrielle Balkan

Book - 2017

"Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals' skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood -- and humorous -- explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!&...quot;--Publisher's description.

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Children's Room j573.76/Balkan Due Jun 1, 2022
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Published
New York, NY : Phaidon Press Inc 2017.
Edition
US edition
Language
English
Physical Description
48 pages : color illustrations ; 33 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780714875125
0714875120
Main Author
Gabrielle Balkan (author)
Other Authors
Sam Brewster (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Readers can guess the identities of 10 animals by studying their skeletons, each of which has a superlative quality (the "biggest" belongs to the blue whale, and a reticulated python has the "most"). The animals' skeletons appear in bright white set against glossy black backgrounds, accompanied by clues: "Who has a skeleton but no bones? Answer: Me," hints a hammerhead shark. Intervening spreads show the living animals in their habitats, and flocking offers a tactile way for children to better understand how the creatures' skeletons relate to their bodies. A stylish introduction to how specialized and different bones can be. Ages 4–9. Author's agent: Kevin O'Conner, Charlotte Sheedy Literary. (Sept.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–4—A select menu of 10 disparate species has been selected for this oversize skeletal feast. The biggest, the fewest, the spikiest, the thinnest—all appear in stark white against inky black pages, with a colorful "Who Am I?" at the bottom, enticing readers to guess. Helpfully, the opposite page contains a paragraph of facts narrated by the critter in question, with three lifestyle clues thrown in to aim readers in the right direction. Turn the page (after guessing—no cheating!) to a colorful depiction of the living creature in its natural habitat, with another chatty paragraph of facts for the curious of mind. The blue whale, the reticulated giraffe, and the African bush elephant are among the usual suspects, but also included are such surprises as the Etruscan shrew, the peregrine falcon, and the great hammerhead shark. (Thrown in as a bonus is a page of a human skeleton for comparison.) Team this with Steve Jenkins's nifty Bones: Skeletons and How They Work and Rob Colson's attractive Bone Collection: Animals for a handsome trip to the boneyard. VERDICT Fun for the home-schooled, and an interesting approach to animal interiors for classroom teachers.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

It's a book of world records... of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!

Review by Publisher Summary 2

It's a book of world records... of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!An International Literacy Association Teachers' Choice Title (2018)A Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Title (2019)Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals' skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood ' and humorous ' explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!

Review by Publisher Summary 3

It's a book of world records... of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!An International Literacy Association Teachers' Choice Title (2018)A Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Title (2019)Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals' skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood — and humorous — explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!

Review by Publisher Summary 4

It's a book of world records... of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!

An International Literacy Association Teachers' Choice Title (2018)

A Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Title (2019)

Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals' skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood — and humorous — explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!

Review by Publisher Summary 5

It's a book of world records... of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!