“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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