Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed... and Revealed

Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed... and Revealed


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Ten creatures await, camouflaged in artful, full-page photographs, while playful poems offer clues about each animal's identity and whereabouts. Think you've spotted one? Lift one of ten gatefolds to find out. A full page of fascinating information accompanies each animal so readers can learn how nature's camouflage serves hunter and hunted alike. Why do fawns have spots during their first year of life? How did killdeer birds get their name? What makes a crab spider so good at ambushing its prey?

Recipient of the 2008 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Book and Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

Named a 2008 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children's Book Council (CBC)

Editor's Choice, 2007— Booklist magazine

Listed in "Lasting Connections of 2007," an annual roundup of the year's best books to tie into curriculum.
-Book Links magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582463995
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Pages: 44
Sales rank: 186,595
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 10.63(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

DAVID SCHWARTZ has written more than 50 children's books, including What in the Wild?, Where Else in the Wild?, How Much Is a Million?, G Is for Googol, and Q Is for Quark. He gives author presentations at schools and conferences all over the world, channeling the energy and humor found in his books to make math and science come alive for kids and educators.

YAEL SCHY has written poems and songs since childhood. She is a dancer and improvisational theater actor.

DWIGHT KUHN's beautifully composed nature photographs have been featured in 125 children's books. His work has been recognized by the Children's Book Council, Scientific American, and the John Burroughs Association. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Dexter, Maine.

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From the Publisher

2007 Editor's Choice, Booklist
2008 John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers
2008 Animal Behavior Society Outstanding Children's Book Award
2008 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, Selector's Choice, National Science Teachers of America / Children's Book Council
2008 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, sponsored by Subaru and the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Review, New York Times Book Review:
"That's cool!"

Review, New York Times:
"Schwartz and Schy's vibrant book, with its passion for discovery, seems...likely to inspire young readers."

Review, School Library Journal:
"The combination of poetry, beautiful photography, and clear factual explanation is executed in all of its parts with economy and skill."

Review, Booklist:
"This book will intrigue and challenge children, whether they find it individually or in a classroom setting."

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Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed... and Revealed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful poetry book where you get to find animals that are hiding. My favorite poem was Vagabond. It¿s about a newt that is hiding in the leaves. The book also gives you information about the Red-Spotted Newt.I recommend this book for kids who¿d lift a finger for poetry, and who like animals.
cjoley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children really enjoy the non-fiction book Where in the Wild: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed¿and Revealed. The book was written in the form of poems by David Schwartz and Yael Schy. The beautiful nature photos in the book were taken by Dwight Kuhn. His photographs have been used in more than 125 children¿s books. Together they have created an entertaining and educational book about how animals use camouflage to hide from their predators. The book starts out asking the reader to pretend that they are a wild animal in the wild trying to avoid a prowling predator that will eat them if found. Then the book flips the scenario and asks the reader to pretend that they are now the predator that is sneaking around looking for food. Either way, the book demonstrates that camouflage is an important part of survival in the wild. The book alternates poetic clues about a hiding animal with beautiful nature photos that show changing seasons. For example, the page about serpentine gives clues about silently gliding, slithering, and sliding. The words on the page curve up and down as the poem continues to give more clues. The photograph shows bright green grass that is hiding an animal in it. As you lift the flap, a green snake is revealed and several interesting facts are given on the hidden animal. The book makes the reader excited to get to each new page because as they lift the flap on each page, a camouflaged animal is revealed. The clues that are given allow the reader to use inflection and mystery in their voice. The repetition and prediction of clues and fold out pages make this book appealing for preschool through third grade students. I would use this book in combination with several different science lessons. I would bring my green tree frog and brown toad into the classroom for the students to observe. As the green frog hides in the green leaves and the brown toad blends in with the brown mulch, the students would see real animals using camouflage like in the book. I may also ask the students to help me add to their habitat by collecting items on a nature walk. For lessons on animal habitats, this book would help explain were animals live and why that provides protection.
soulesister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books in our school library; the students love it too! It is the book I always use to show students that there are "hidden treasures" in the stacks of the library, and often you come across these treasures just by simply browsing! What gets them so interested is that the animals are truly hidden in some of the photos. You really have to use the context of the poem to discover the hidden animal.
Ms_Manda_Bear More than 1 year ago
We had the pleasure of meeting this author when he came to visit our schools. He is a great author- creating stories that get the kids excited about reading and learning without them realizing that is what they are doing! Great for around 2nd and 3rd grade!