Monday, October 24, 2011

How to Befriend a Crocodile

Welcome to Nonfiction Monday! I recently read “How to Clean a Hippopotamus: a Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships” by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page and discovered some collaborations I did not know. I loved that! Take the symbiosis between the tiny boxer crab that holds a small anemone on each of its little claws and uses them as ‘boxing gloves’ to deter a hungry grouper that wants to eat the crab. I was fascinated also by the team work of badgers and wolves to catch the elusive prairie dogs. These are just two examples of Jenkins’s style illustrated engaging book. For the more science-hungry readers, the back matter is satisfying with complementary information and more sources. I loved the authors’ symbiotic description on the flap and their silhouettes at the bottom. Do you have a symbiotic relationship with a person or a companion animal? (Besides your own in-house bacterial flora and other creatures …)
The book is available on hardcover and for Kindle.
“How to Clean a Hippopotamus: a Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships”, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-547-24515-7

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  1. I love Steve Jenkin's books. He is a star.
    Thanks for the recommendation and taking part in today's Nonfiction Monday event.
    Apples with Many Seeds

  2. Nice word: symbiosis. I like nonfiction books that actually combine facts, authors' notes, and additional references at the back - shows how well-researched the material is. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a great book and I know just the young neighbor girl I'm going to buy it for. Thanks for introducing us to so many wonderful books (including your own)!

  4. Thank you, Tammy, Mira, and Sandy, for stopping by. I am glad my posts are useful an fun!