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Animals That Make Me Say OUCH!

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By: Dawn Cusick / Photographs from: National Wildlife Federation

Ouch! That's gotta hurt!

For more than forty-five years, the National Wildlife Federation has been dazzling families with amazing images and stories. Get ready for some supersonic fun that will make you say OUCH! Discover talon strength in birds of prey, sharp claws in lions and pumas, chewing mouthparts in insects, venom in snakes, and toxins in frogs. More? You want more? How about skunks that eat bees, stinging cells in jellyfish, meerkats that eat scorpions, caterpillars with spines, badgers and bears that bite, and zebras that kick!

This book celebrates amazing animal surprises from all over the world with one-of-a-kind photographs from the National Wildlife Federation archives that will draw young readers in and not let them go.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

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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National Wildlife Federation, illustrator

The National Wildlife Federation, America's largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is dedicated to "inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future." It is also home to the award-winning Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick, Jr. magazines and apps.

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Awards & Honors:

  • 2015 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

Editorial Reviews:

School Library Journal

(For Animals That Make Me Say OUCH! and Animals That Make Me Say WOW!)
These two animal-focused nature books will make kids sit up and take notice. The attractive photos from the National Wildlife Federation show bald eagles performing acrobatics in mid-air; zebras delivering a swift kick, leaving lion predators in their dust; shape-shifting spiders; and a South American male frigate bird with a bright red "bubble chin." The upbeat, accessible text is factual and entertaining, including funny headers and the occasional joke ("What's worse than a jaw of sharp, curved teeth? Two jaws, that's what!"). Each installment contains practicable "Scavenger Hunt" ideas to cultivate scientific observation skills. While younger students will love the vivid photos, older ones will appreciate the informative material. Solid wildlife overviews.


This volume in the Animals That Make Me Say. . .series examines the many painful-looking ways animals, birds, insects, and amphibians survive in the wild. Color photographs, including those provided by the National Wildlife Federation, capture more than 150 animals in the act of foraging, defending against predators, and thriving in harsh climates. Evocative text bubbles link the facts to the photos, creating a puzzle-like feel as readers become acquainted with a variety of teeth, feathers, slime, venom, and spines. (Examples: woodpeckers have shock absorbers in their heads to protect their brains.) Scavengers hunt challenges designed to encourage budding biologists to observe animals in their own surroundings, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary round out this bright, engaging resource.


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ISBN: 978-1-62354-042-5

ISBN: 978-1-60734-572-5 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-716-3 PDF
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Ages: 7-10
Page count: 80
8 x 10

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