Most of the spreads display an animal, such as a bear or a beaver, with straightforward, large-font text explaining the features and purposes of its nose. Kids will enjoy the candid photographs, most of which are provided by the author. The back matter is educator-friendly, as it lists a website with more resources and interactive material...There is much to appreciate in this third-person informational narrative. VERDICT For fans of the author's "Animal Anatomy and Adaptations" series, this entry is sure to appeal to young nature lovers.
— Elissa Cooper, Helen Plum Memorial Lib., Lombard, IL
In the spirit of other excellent Arbordale titles, this book presents factual information in a way that makes children want to learn. The full page illustrations are photographs and the paragraphs that accompany them give insight into the noses of the pictured animals. At the end of the text, there are pages of extensions referring back to the information presented. Facts, activities, and a short bibliography complete this book and help create an experience that elementary students will enjoy. Beverly Combs RECOMMENDED
A wide range of animals is presented here, not all of them with true noses, which the author points out. For instance, birds breathe and smell through nostrils just above their beaks (different species' senses of smell vary), and insects breathe through spiricles and smell with antennae. Some facts will amaze: Polar bears can smell seals through 3 feet of ice, and beavers' noses close when underwater. Backmatter includes an explanation of the sense of smell (written at a significantly higher reading level than the primary text), more fun facts, and two matching/identify activities. As with Holland's previous examinations of animals' parts, the close-up photos are the main attraction.
The book is not text-heavy but has a good amount of information written in kid-friendly, lively language. The information is not only educational but great fun to read. Wonderful full-color, close-up photographs grace every page and will keep youngsters’ eyes glued to those pages. Back matter has some fun facts and a bit of a puzzle to keep the learning going. This is terrific.
While especially and very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book wildlife collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Animal Noses" is also available in a paperback edition (9781607188063, $9.95).
Noses, beaks, tongues, antennae &endash; animals have a bunch of different ways to use their senses of smell, and Animal Noses is all about animal noses, how animals transmit messages through scent, and which animals have super noses versus which animals don't. Loaded with sharp, full-color photos and facts, this is a nice add to science sections, especially when teachers come in looking for books on the five senses &endash; always fun to throw something unexpected, like this, into my readers' advisory, and show the similarities and differences between how we use our senses versus how animals use theirs.
In Animal Noses, readers will enjoy the large, clear, and enchanting photographs of a wide range of animals and the interesting facts about their noses and sense of smell that are placed alongside them. Engaging questions are dotted between facts that have children looking, guessing, and excitedly calling out what they think the answer might be.
Young readers will love Mary Holland’s new book, “Animal Noses”. In it they will learn just how amazing a nose can be. This book is the latest installment of Animal Anatomy and Adaptations from Arbordale. Complete with classroom ideas for educators.
Young readers will enjoy the strong visual impact of the images and benefit from reading with an adult or older sibling. Experienced readers will find the text engaging and will discover more information in the final section titled For Creative Minds where additional discussions review the many specific ways in which animals utilize their noses.
Readers will learn all this and more in Animal Noses. With beautiful realistic pictures of different animal species, this book shows the way many animals use their noses. It's interesting and educational.
This is the fifth book in the popular Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series by Mary, and like the previous editions, the photographic book is packed full of facts about the sniffer. The animals featured are all found in North America and educators will love the connection to nature as well as the senses. I love this book because it is great for young children! It is fun to read and it is very educational.
"Birds do not have a real 'nose' but they do have two holes, or nostrils, just above their beak." Perhaps, the reader was wondering about that. the reader will also stop wondering how many animals can leave messages for each other by rubbing their scebt on a tree or rock. This, and many more segments of fascinating information is revealed in this absorbing and delightful hard-bound volume that is certain to educate and entertain the reader. Also included among the many animals and birds represented: opossums; white-tailed deer, insects, snakes, and many more of nature's creations. Also included: For Creative Minds and Fun Facts.
I like how Holland focuses on one animal adaptation and shows the diversity of ways of using that adaptation. You can check out my short reviews of her books about tails, legs, eyes, and ears.