Animal Mouths

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Animal Mouths
What are some things we can learn about animals from the shape of their mouths, beaks, or bills? What can we infer about animals with sharp teeth compared to large, flat teeth? Are there any animals that don’t have mouths? Following in the footsteps of Animal Eyes, award-winning nature photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland shares fascinating animal mouths with readers of all ages.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 50-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Animal Mouths is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Mary Holland
32 pg, 8.5x 10, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3, Lexile: 920, AR: 4.5, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781628555523 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628555615 $11.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628555707 $11.95  
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Keywords:   animal teeth, animal mouths, animal teeth shape predator, animal teeth shape prey, bird beaks, animal adaptations for kids, animal adaptations physical, adaptations animals use to survive, animal adaptations habitat, animal anatomy & adaptations, nature photography book for kids
Animals in the book:   caterpillar, chipmunk, evening grosbeak, frog, great egret, human, luna moth, monarch, opossum, porcupine, red-shouldered hawk, robber fly, snake, turtle, weasel
Vetters:   Thanks to Bill Creasey, Chief Naturalist for the Cincinnati Nature Center, for reviewing the accuracy of the information in this book.

Books in this "Animal Adaptations Series" include:


Holland takes care to identify the 12 animals she photographs, while introducing pertinent vocabulary (molars, prey) and some enticing trivia (robber flies "use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to drink the insides of their prey") - Publishers Weekly

This book is excellent as a teaching tool and is highly recommended for classroom and school libraries. - Literary Classics

As I read this book, I immediately thought of how much fun it would be to have a young audience and share the joy of the natural world! - NSTA Recommends

Author/Illustrator Info:

Mary Holland is a naturalist, nature photographer, columnist, and award-winning author with a life-long passion for natural history. After graduating from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, Mary worked as a naturalist at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands in New York state, directed the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, worked as a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and designed and presented her own "Knee-High Nature Programs" for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

Her children's books with Arbordale include Animal Tracks and Traces, Animal Homes, Otis the Owl, Ferdinand Fox's First Summer (NSTA / CBC Most Outstanding Science Trade Book and Moonbeam Children's Book Award), The Beavers' Busy Year, Yodel the Yearling, Animal Skins, Animal Ears, Animal Tails, Animal Noses, Animal Eyes, Animal Legs, and Animal Mouths (NSTA / CBC Most Outstanding Science Trade Book). Mary's book Naturally Curious: a Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods and Marshes of New England won the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award for the Nature Guidebook category. Naturally Curious Day by Day was published in 2016. Mary lives in Vermont with her lab, Greta. Visit Mary's blog at Naturally Curious with Mary Holland.


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