Tooling Around : crafty creatures and the tools they use

by Jackson, Ellen, 1943-

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 591.5 J13
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 591.5 J13
Plum Community Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 591.5 JAC
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  J 591.5 JAC
Simple, rhyming text introduces eleven animals and the surprising tools they use, including an octopus that hides in a coconut, a dolphin that protects its nose with a sponge, and a deer that bedecks its antlers with heaping piles of mud and grass. Secondary text offers further information about these crafty creatures.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Sure, people use tools, but animals? On each double-page spread of this attractive picture book, Jackson introduces a species that will surprise readers with its inventiveness and adaptability. Short, rhyming verse introduces the ideas, while a large-scale picture illustrates them, and a few sentences explain what the animal is doing and why. For example, the rhyme Otters on an ocean swell / use a rock to crack a shell accompanies images of otters swimming, picking up a rock, and dining on the mollusk inside, while the short prose text comments on what's happening. Also featured are a woodpecker finch, chimpanzee, crow, deer, bowerbird, empid fly, dolphin, octopus, elephant, and squirrel. An author's note discusses scientists' ongoing discussion of animal tool use. Benoit's appealing artwork, created with watercolor, colored pencil, and gouache, illustrates the animals' unusual behaviors with warmth, color, and attention to detail. An intriguing idea presented in an accessible way.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Upbeat, if somewhat corny rhymes help introduce ways in which 11 wild animals utilize tools. Subjects include a crow that bends a piece of wire to reach an object, otters that use rocks to smash open shellfish, and dolphins that use sea sponges to catch fish: Dolphins choose a cone-shaped sponge,/ wrap their beaks, then fish and lunge. Longer prose passages elaborate on each animal's activity: Elephants strip leaves from branches, writes Jackson. They use the stripped branches to swat flies or other insects that bite them. Benoit's mixed-media illustrations fall between naturalistic and cozy, creating an accessible entry point to learning about animal behavior. An author's note provides additional background on animals' tool use and the habitats of the featured animals. Ages 4--8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Tool use in animals -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Watertown, MA :Charlesbridge,2014
Contributors Benoit, RenneĢ, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781580895644 (reinforced for library use)
1580895646 (reinforced for library use)
9781580895651 (softcover)
1580895654 (softcover)
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