Title: 100 things you should know about Mammals100-mammals
Author: Ann Kay
Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: Read Aloud / Beginner
Star Rating: ★★★★

100 things you should know about Mammals is just that – 100 things you should know about mammals. (Or actually, 100+ – there were extra ‘did you know’ sections.) I don’t know why Ann Kay chose these 100 facts as the most important, but, you know, that’s her call.

Anyway, several of them were very interesting. For example, did you know…

  • That Killer whales can grow to be 33 ft long and weigh as much as 18 tons?
  • That lions sleep and nap for more than 20 hours of the day?
  • That a camel can last for weeks without drinking water, but once it does start drinking, it can drink as much as 22 gallons at a time?
  • That a porcupine may have as many as 30,000 quills?
  • That when a sloth is on the ground it moves at about 6 feet a minute?
  • That rats are thought to cause up to 1 billion dollars’ worth of damage every year?
  • That a prairie dog colony may stretch over hundreds of square miles?
  • That baby whales are born tail first or else they would drown before the birth process was over?
  • That the Virginia opossum has as many as 21 babies at one time?
  • That a baby blue whale drinks as much has 70 gallons a day?

Cool stuff, huh?

Cautions.

The very first ‘fact’ states that we (humans) are mammals. The ninth says that we belong to primates, the same group of mammals as chimpanzees.

Pg. 17 features a small picture of a vampire bat chasing several terrified looking cartoon humans.

Pg. 28 shows a picture of a tiger attacking an antelope.

Pg. 34 shows a picture of a vampire bat bleeding a horse.

Pg. 43 mentions mermaids and the likelihood that the mermaid legend originated from manatee sightings. A cartoon picture is show of a manatee with blonde hair and huge lips. #stupid

Conclusion. A lot of interesting information with detailed, life-like illustrations.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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