Nature's Ninja: Animals with Spectacular Skills

By: Rebecca L. Johnson

Did you know that some animals have natural ninja-like talents? In this book, you’ll learn all about them, including geckos, sea urchins, bombardier beetles, and more. For example, geckos can grip almost any surface—including walls and ceilings—with their amazing toes. And when collector urchins are attacked, they release tiny, sharp objects that bear a striking resemblance to throwing stars. You will also meet the scientists who are studying these animals’ amazing abilities.

“Meet the Scientists.” Author’s note. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Resources. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

ISBN: 9781541542419

JLG Release: Feb 2020


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Topics: Animals , Animal behavior and characteristics , Animal attacks , Animal defenses , Ninjas , Science and nature

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Animals are compared to Japan’s medieval ninja warriors in this picture book for older readers. Nine chapters follow an introduction offering background information on the practiced arts of the ninja. Each chapter features an animal with natural abilities closely aligned to a particular ninja skill and begins with the skill highlighted in a styli Animals are compared to Japan’s medieval ninja warriors in this picture book for older readers. Nine chapters follow an introduction offering background information on the practiced arts of the ninja. Each chapter features an animal with natural abilities closely aligned to a particular ninja skill and begins with the skill highlighted in a stylized text box—“CHOHO: Spying—infiltrating an enemy’s camp or society without being discovered.” Rove beetles have the natural ability of a choho master. Amazingly, they look, smell, and even behave like army ants, living among the well-known predators. They’ve even been seen eating army ant larvae! Geckos and sailfish are among the other featured creatures. In addition to a description of the animal’s ninja-like skill, there is a section on each creature titled “The Science Behind the Story.” Photographs and scientific graphics illustrate each comparison. Back matter is comprehensive and includes a glossary, index, and “Meet the Scientists.” Both the premise and execution of this title are intriguing. Steer older students toward this book; they will not be disappointed.

Book Details

ISBN

9781541542419

First Release

February 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

591.47

Trim Size

10 3/4" x 9"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.3; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 1000L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

Millbrook Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Animals, Animal behavior and characteristics, Animal attacks, Animal defenses, Ninjas, Science and nature,

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