Dawn Cusick, author
Dawn Cusick enjoys making science education fun for both kids and adults. Dawn writes award-winning children's nature nonfiction books. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, a certificate of post-Baccalaureate Major in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and a Masters of Science in Biology from Western Carolina University. Her research work involves species' recognition and speciation in cryptic katydids. She teaches general biology and zoology courses at Haywood Community College.
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- Scientist's Bookshelf Best Kids' Science Books of the Year
- NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
- Animal Behavior Society Outstanding Children's Book Award
What do hyenas, proboscis monkeys, and vampire bats have in common? Vomit. This companion to Cusick’s Get the Scoop on Animal Poop! examines how and why various animals regurgitate their food. If the photographs of vomiting animals don’t win over readers, the colorful subtopics should, from “Toxic Puke Defense” (“When a bird eats a milkweed-feeding monarch, the bird throws up”) to “Puke Soup,” about creatures that liquefy their prey using digestive enzymes. Cusick presents the material in a (very) immediate manner, providing readers with plenty of science, humor, and animal behavior facts to chew over—and even regurgitate.
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This title will be a sure hit with the elementary-age crowd. Cusick describes a multitude of animals that have the ability to vomit, along with a handful that do not, including rats and horses. She explains the biological reasons why different species vomit, such as regurgitating food for young, protecting themselves from predators, expelling indigestible objects such as bones, and more. Termites, wasps, and yellow jackets build nests of regurgitated fiber; some species vomit out their entire stomach to rinse it out. The role of vomit in disease vectors such as mosquitoes and fleas is explained, and equally horrifying is the list of living things that eat vomit. A useful question-and-answer section about pet vomit is included, along with one about human puke. The book is illustrated with attractive color photographs, and includes two reproductions of art made by houseflies vomiting on canvas. Some vocabulary will be a stretch for younger readers, but the interesting topic, attractive layout, and easily digestible breakdown of ideas will keep them engaged. There are no recent titles for this age group that address this unique topic.
Get the Scoop on Animal Puke! by Dawn Cusick is a very interesting book. Animal puke is often messy and disgusting, but did you know that it is a powerful tool for biologists to learn about an animal? Most people vomit because they are sick, but animals puke for lots of other reasons.
The book starts with a brief introduction on the idea of vomitting, then a brief language guide on the various terms associated with throwing up. A discussion of why animals puke is next, followed by numerous animals and how and why they puke. Did you know that some birds and reptiles vomit rocks? Or that some sharks and rays vomit up their own stomach? From albatross birds projectile vomiting fishy oil to protect themselves and their young from predators, to whales that vomit up squid beaks, to honeybees that vomit nectar and enzymes, this book has it all!
In fact, there are 251 cool facts in this book! Also included in this book is a glossary and a section on research and reading for more information about the facts, as well as a subject and organism index. This book would be a great addition to the elementary library. It has tons of interesting facts that are sure to interest the young readers in your class!
ISBN: 978-1-60734-571-8 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-707-1 PDF
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Page count: 80
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