Why Are Animals Blue?
by Melissa Stewart
A Rainbow of Animals
Enslow, 2009
for Grades 1-3
ISBN 978-0-76603-251-4
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  Why Are Animals Green? Why Are Animals Orange?
Why Are Animals Purple? Why Are Animals Red? Why Are Animals Yellow?
Series at a Glance
Animals come in all colors of the rainbow—and with good reason, too. Being blue helps blue poison dart frogs and blue darner dragonflies, blue sharks and blue-footed boobies survive in their habitats. This book clearly explains the science behind animal coloration with easy-to-read text and stunning full-color photographs that are sure to delight and educate young readers.
Honors and Awards
National Science Teachers Association Recommended Titles
National Science Teachers Association-Children’s Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book
Society of School Librarians International, Honor Book, Science
Research Notes
“Before researching and writing this group of books, I enjoyed the vast variety of animal colors, but I never really thought about their importance as adaptations for survival. An animal's color can help it blend with its surroundings, warn predators to stay away, or let a mate know its whereabouts. Color makes the natural world more beautiful to us and they send other creatures all kinds of important messages."
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