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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Honors and Awards
Cybils Award Nominee
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.”
Reviews
“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.”
an ingenious, playful twist on the predictable animal-noise theme with terrifically engaging results.”
“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.”
“A terrific title for elementary-aged kids to help them draw comparisons between animals and sounds—libraries can’t go wrong.”
“… a handsome and dynamic exploration of animal behavior.”
“Bark, grunt, squeal, roar … A chorus of animal vocalizations emanates from science writer Melissa Stewart’s latest picture book, a concept book focusing on the sounds that animals use to communicate. Employing a question and answer format, Stewart uses internal rhyme to pique the interest of young readers … An excellent resource for units of study on animals and/or communication, the title is also an excellent resource for language arts instruction, as a mentor text for nonfiction text structures and language play.”
 
“Fascinating facts, stunning illustrations, and a great pattern to the text. Loved it.”
“Animal sounds get a smart and fun take with a dream team that explores the sounds animals make—and the reasons why.”
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