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Masters of Disquise is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS Awards, 2016! More Finalists
If you are interested in animals at all or have studied them at school, you are probably familiar with animal camouflage – the ability for an animal to hide itself because its coloring makes it blend in to its environment. Sometimes, this also involves actively changing color to match the environment, like a chameleon.
Masters of Disguise is about some animals that take camouflage to the next level. They wear disguises or act like other things – they are great fakers! One spider makes a fake spider bigger than itself, and then moves it like a puppet to scare predators away. Amazing animal tricksters is right!
One question I always have is, “how do they do that?” This book answers that question. The amazing ability of each animal to disguise itself is described, but then you can also read the science behind the story. You also get to meet the scientists and see how they studied the animals to figure out how their disguises worked. Fascinating. Cool pictures too. Written and Illustrated by Rebecca L. Johnson.
- National Geographic: Camouflage
- How Do Animals Camouflage?
- National Geographic: The Art of Deception
- National Geographic Kids: Hidden Animals Photo Quiz
- National Geographic Kids: Shape Shifting Frog
- BBC Slide Show: Animal Adaptations
- Official Website: Rebecca L. Johnson
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The idea that subways exist – train tunnels that run underneath large cities – is amazing even today, when they are commonplace. Imagine what it would be like to be one of the first people to float such an outrageous idea. How can you make a tunnel strong enough so the weight of the city above doesn’t crush it? In the 1860’s Alfred Beach set his mind to making people give his crazy idea about moving people around underground a chance.
The Secret Subway tells Mr. Beach’s story. In order to get people to listen, he was devious! He earned for himself approval to build a small tunnel that would carry mail, and while he was constructing it, he hired extra people to dig a secret tunnel big enough for a train that carries people! Alfred and his team worked quietly at night. No one. Suspected. A thing! The Secret Subway, a look at a man ahead of his time! By Shana Corey. Illustrated by Red Nose Studio.
Mr. Beach reminds me of other visionary showman who had a flare for the dramatic – people like P.T. Barnum and his circus, Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show and Walt Disney. These people often invented new things or new ways of doing things – specializing in the “wow” factor when they presented their ideas to people. Listed below are some more visionaries like Mr. Beach. These people all took their ideas to new heights with their dramatic flare. The Secret Subway, a great look at a man way ahead of his time! By Shana Corey. Illustrated by Red Nose Studio.
You can find more biographies like these at IndyPL Kids’ Blog: Famous Visionaries. The books listed there include inventors as well as visionaries from music, art, business and more.
- New York Subway Opens October 27, 1904
- PBS American Experience: The Secret Subway
- Beach Pneumatic Transit
- NYC’s First Subway was Luxurious, Pneumatic and Illegally Built
- Video: Alfred Beach’s Subway Plan