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
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book for Children and Teens
Colorado Book Award
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List
Cybils Award Nominee
Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Finalist
National Science Teachers Association-Children’s Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book
Nerdy Book Club Award for Nonfiction Picture Books
Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading master list 2018-2019
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.”
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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