Acting wild How we behave like birds, bugs, and beasts

Maria Birmingham

Book - 2019

"For a long time, scientists have tried to figure out what separates us from animals. For example, one early hypothesis was our use of tools-until Jane Goodall famously recorded observations of chimpanzees making and using tools. In fact, it looks like the very things that we once thought distinguished humans, our creativity, our ingenuity, our capacity of planning or abstract thought, are the very things that actually make us very animal! Maria Birmingham explores many of the surprising ways that humans behave just like animals. Topics covered: farming, teaching, laughing, mourning, building, using tools, communicating, grooming, playing, working together, travelling. Paired with Dave Whamond's humorous cartoon-style illustration...s, this nonfiction book will show kids that it's entirely okay to act like an animal-we can't help it!"--

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Informational works
Picture books
Toronto : Owlkids Books 2019.
Main Author
Maria Birmingham (author)
Other Authors
Dave Whamond (illustrator)
Physical Description
32 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

"Hey human! How goes it?"Cheerful, factual text narrated by a jovial and opinionated ant introduces readers to some of the characteristics that humans have in common with other animals. Replete with puns and goofy humor, and illustrated with quirky, cartoon illustrations, various shared behaviorsboth the familiar and the lesser-knownare explored in some detail, emphasizing the concept that humans are members rather than observers of the animal kingdom. Each spread focuses on a particular example such as farming (farmer ants, yeti crabs, damselfish), teaching (meerkats, fairy wrens, rock ants), laughing (dogs, rats, spotted hyenas), grieving (elephants, scrub jays, dogs), building (termites, beavers, wasps), using tools (chimps, bottlenose dolphins, sea otters), communicating (honeybees, prairie dogs, woodpeckers), grooming (cleaner shrimp, macaques, cats), playing (kangaroos, ravens, octopuses), cooperating (pied flycatchers, vampire bats, moray eels, groupers), and traveling (spiders, Alpine silver ants, saltwater crocodiles). Speech bubbles, spot illustrations, and easily digestible blocks of information make this a nice choice for reluctant readers or those who prefer graphic novels, while the concise, relevant, and humorously presented info will work well for school reports or just a fun read.Chock full of interesting ideas, this entertaining and informative selection's distinct focus makes it stand out. (glossary, suggested reading) (Informational picture book. 6-10) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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