Terrific Tongues
by Melissa Stewart
Enslow, 2012
Animal Bodies Up Close
For ages 5-7

ISBN 978-0-76603-894-3

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Amazing Eyes   Incredible Ears   Fantastic Feet
Nifty Noses   Talented Tails   Terrific Tails
Did you know that an alligator snapping turtle uses its tongue to lure prey? Or that a cow uses its tongue to clean its nose? These are just two of the fascinating facts included in Terrific Tongues Up Close. Early elementary readers will be delighted by the variety of ways the animals around us use their tongues to catch and eat food and scare away enemies. A fun guessing game at the end of the book extends the fun.
Research Notes
“This is a book I’ve been wanting to write for years. As I did research for other books about animals, I was intrigued that an archerfish uses its tongue to shoot down prey with a stream of water and a gecko washes out its eyes with its tongue. Terrific Tongues Up Close finally gave me a chance to share all the tantalizing tongue facts I’ve been collecting.”
Terrific Tongues describes a skink that has a bright blue tongue to frighten predators away. Stewart also highlights an alligator snapping turtle, a green frog, a downy woodpecker, a snake, a penguin, and a cow. These well-thought-out titles are suitable for beginning readers looking for some fascinating facts, and the excellent photography will draw them into the books. There is also a guessing game at the back of each volume. Solid additions to most collections.
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