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Smart and Spineless: Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence

Ann Downer (2015), 88 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction
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Gorillas and chimps have been able to learn sign language. Dogs learn an amazing number of words as commands. Dolphins and wolves work together as a team to hunt for food. What do all of these animals have in common, besides exhibiting intelligence? They are all vertebrates or in other words they have a spine. But what about animals without a spine and sometimes even without what we would recognize as a brain? Can they be intelligent? In this book, you will meet earth worms who learn from their own experience, bees that communicate complicated ideas to each other and even have a kind of election, and octopuses that carry their own protective gear with them. You may even change your idea of what intelligence really means.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 10/28/2015
ISBN-10: 1467737399
ISBN-13: 9781467737395
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Smarter Than Squirrels

Lucy Nolan (2004), 64 pages
Illustrated by Mike Reed
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Humor
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Down Girl is sure that's her name, because her owner, Rruff, is always saying that to her. She and her doggy neighbor, Sit, prove that they're smarter than squirrels in these silly adventures. Will they be able to save the neighborhood from the dreaded creature, Here Kitty Kitty? If you enjoy this book, look for others in the Down Girl and Sit series.
Book Series: Down Girl and Sit
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 9/16/2011
ISBN-10: 0761451846
ISBN-13: 9780761451846
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Snail's Good Night

Ann Whitford Paul (2007), 32 pages
Illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction
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This is a delightful tale of Snail's desire to wish his friends, 'Good night.' Although it takes him a very long time, Snail continues on his journey. Will Snail be able to get to all his friends before the night is over?
Similar authors: Arnold Lobel
Similar books: Frog and Toad
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/26/2009
ISBN-10: 0823419126
ISBN-13: 9780823419128
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Snake and Lizard

Joy Crowley (2008), 104 pages
Illustrated by Gavin Bishop
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Fantasy, Fiction
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What happens when two very different desert animals become friends? Their adventures and arguments are described through a series of short chapters. The beautiful color illustrations depict the desert setting and the creatures that live there. This book would appeal to easy chapter-book readers that like reptiles and would also work well when read aloud.
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 5/11/2012
ISBN-10: 1933605839
ISBN-13: 9781933605838
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Snow School

Sandra Markle (2013), 32 pages
Illustrated by Alan Marks
Audience: Preschool - 8th Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction
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The rare snow leopard lives in Pakistan's Hindu Kush mountains. This book follows a mother leopard and her two cubs from birth through the many lessons that they must learn in their 'snow school' in order to survive. Beautiful watercolor illustrations depict the leopards in their snowy world. This would be a great introduction to nonfiction for a child that is used to reading mostly picture books.
Similar books: Waiting for Ice by Sandra Markle; Family Pack by Sandra Markle
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 3/7/2014
ISBN-10: 1580894100
ISBN-13: 9781580894104
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