Can an Aardvark Bark?
Can an Aardvark Bark?
by Melissa Stewart
illus by Steve Jenkins
Beach Lane Books/
Simon & Schuster, 2017
for ages 5-9
ISBN 978-1-48145-852-8
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Barks, grunts, squeals—animals make all kinds of sounds to communicate. With a growling salamander and a whining porcupine, bellowing giraffes and laughing gorillas, this boisterous book is chock-full of fun and interesting facts and is sure to be a favorite of even the youngest animal enthusiasts.

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Research Notes
“During a 2010 trip to Disney World, my family and I were surprised to learn that little monkeys called cotton-top tamarins can bark.
“That night my 10-year-old nephew asked a great question: 'Do you think there are a lot of different animals that bark?' With the help of Google, we started making a list. It turns out that not only do lots of different animals bark, they do so for many different reasons.
“I kept our list, and when I got home, I began researching other animal sounds. Eventually, I had a list of more than 300 animals that bark, bellow, chirp, chatter, grunt, growl, and more. That’s when I knew I had the makings of a book.”
“Stewart always chooses appealing facts, but what makes this collection work so well is the skillful presentation by both author and illustrator … Don't share this engaging read-aloud in a quiet library.”

“Using a question-and-answer format that employs internal rhymes, Stewart and Jenkins enlighten readers about animal utterances. … Toddlers will enjoy the large-print Q&As, while older children will appreciate the informative paragraphs presented in smaller font. And while there’s much to be gleaned about familiar and esoteric species (who knew a giraffe could bellow?), the final spread, encouraging listeners to let loose their own laughs, grunts, bellows, and growls, provides the perfect excuse for toddler participation.”

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