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

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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 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.

Author: Steve Jenkins, Robin Page
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 10/07/2014
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 9.10h x 9.30w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780544233515
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.6
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 170652 / Creature Features: 25 Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do

Award: Keystone to Reading Book Award - Nominee
Award: Kentucky Bluegrass Award - Nominee
Award: Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 06/01/2014 pg. 138
Booklist 06/01/2014 pg. 70
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2014
Publishers Weekly 10/06/2014
PW Children's Starred Reviews 12/01/2014 pg. 51
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 01/01/2015
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2015 - Recommended, Satisfactory

About the Author
Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, creators of the Caldecott Honor book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? and many more popular titles, live with their three children in Boulder, Colorado. Visit their website at