Marsupials are the only mammals that have a pouch on their body in which they carry their young. Most of these amazing animals live in Australia, where they have adapted to the harsh conditions of life in the outback. In What is a Marsupial? children will learn astounding facts about marsupials, including: the important differences between marsupials and placentals how kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, opossums, and bilbies are related how marsupials reproduce and raise their young the ways in which they hunt and feed why some marsupials are in danger
Kids will be shocked to learn that arthropods outnumber all other animal species combined! They will also be fascinated by the variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and behaviors found among these invertebrates. Labeled diagrams and startling close-up photography will introduce concepts including: the similarities and differences among insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans the functions and features of an exoskeleton molting, metamorphosis, and other interesting body facts the crucial function of arthropods in food chains and webs
As the worlds largest land animals, elephants inspire awe in all of usan awe that has led to myths of might and memory. Despite its immense strength, however, the elephant is a timid creature that uses its power only to defend itself against predators. Kids will learn many facts about these gentle pachyderms, including: the social structure of elephants, in which the female is the leader the animals many, dexterous uses for its trunk the history of the elephants even larger ancestors, including woolly mammoths the dangers that poaching, loss of habitat, and the ivory trade pose to the elephants future
Certain sea slugs have developed a remarkable defensive adaptationthey can use the stinging cells of the sea anemones they eat to protect themselves. Whether adapting over millions of years or in the blink of an eye, How Do Animals Adapt? examines the ever-changing world of animals. Children will thrill at discovering: why animals need to adapt animals that can see using sounds how animals use camouflage and mimicry to protect themselves how wild animals have adapted to habitat loss and learned to live in cities
Without food, an animal cannot survive. With so many competing species, carnivores and herbivores alike have developed fascinating methods of finding the food that keeps them fat and happy. How do animals find food? lets children in on all the latest jaw-dropping, mouth-cramming, stomach-stuffing techniques, such as: pack hunting versus solitary hunting climbers that eat the succulent leaves found in tall trees animals that poison their prey animals that use lures to "fish" for their food!
Slithering snakes, jumping kangaroos, flying albatrosses, and swimming salmonevery animal, including humans, has its own unique way of getting around. This beautiful book explains the how, why, and are we there yet? of animals large and small across the globe. Topics include: how an animals environment affects its movement how an animals skeleton affects its movement unusual animal movers such as the water-walking basilisk how a parent helps its young move around
The cat, with its grace, strength, and prowess, has been a source of intrigue and companionship for humans throughout time. In this comprehensive study, kids will learn about the bodies, habits, and lifestyles of large and small cats. Full-color illustrations and stunning wildlife photography accompany detailed text that covers: the maternal relationship between cats and kittens the unique features of a cats body that allow for agility and speed the similarities and differences between large and small cats endangered and vanishing cats