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Poop Detectives

Poop Detectives

Some dogs don’t make good pets, but they can be great on the job. I learned reading this book that dogs have thirty times the number of smell receptors in their noses than humans do. They can smell in layers. When we might say, “that smells like apple pie,” a dog can smell the distinct parts of the pie individually, all at once….apple, sugar, flour, cinnamon. Humans can’t SEE smells, and humans can’t smell in layers, but dogs can. They make great detectives! They can smell clues people can’t! And believe it or not, one useful thing they can do is smell different kinds of animal poop. These dog detectives make great partners for animal scientists.

It might seem odd to spend years searching out animal poop, but when you understand why, it makes perfect sense. As Dr. Wasser, one of the scientists in this book who studies animals says about studying poop, “You can get a lot of information on a species without ever seeing a single animal.” (page 12) And that is important, because the scientists don’t have to see or disturb the animals to find out what they need to know. So studying poop, is really pretty brilliant. In this book you can go alongside scientists and their dog partners as they track bears, wild cats and even whales!

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Crow Smarts

Crow Smarts

Crow Smarts

If you were asked to name an intelligent animal, what would you say? A gorilla? The chimpanzees studied by Jane Goodall? A dolphin maybe? When I think of an intelligent animal I usually think of Koko first, the gorilla Mr. Rogers visited who knew American Sign Language. I doubt if I would name a bird, any type of bird, let alone a common one like a crow.

In Crow Smarts, I learned that birds are actually really smart. I learned to think about human brains and animal brains differently. As the book says, “…there is more than one way to build a brain.” (page 27) Birds CAN problem solve and use tools, their brains are not exactly like ours, but they can still do similar things.

It was also really interesting to meet Gavin and Guido – two scientists who study crows. Really great photographs show what it is really like to be a scientist studying animals out in the wild. I liked getting to know them. What a great job they have!

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More Books About Smart Animals:

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Amazing and True Animal Stories

Amazing and True Animal Stories

 

I’m sure you’ve heard people say that dogs are man’s best friend.Animal Stories When you read some of these books, you’ll discover that there are a lot of animals that have been man’s best friend! And best friends to each other! Who would have thought that a deer and a dog or a dog and a duck could be best friends? These animals know what it is to be loyal.

And then there are the animals who just have the best life stories. Some of them are famous, like Koko the gorilla who learned Puppy Love True Stories of DevotionAmerican Sign Language, but other animals just have unconventional lives, like the 21 elephants that walked across the Brooklyn Bridge when it was built, just to prove it was safe! Or Eclipse, the dog in Seattle who learned how to catch the bus to the dog park all by himself!

Check out some of these for amazing stories about some special members of the animal kingdom.


Unlikely Animal Friendships:

Tarra and BellaSuryia and RoscoeOwen and MzeeRickie and HenryOne Big Happy FamilyTwo BobbiesKate and PippinLenore Finds a FriendThe Tiger Cubs and the ChimpUnlikely Friendships The Leopard and the CowUnlikely Friendships The Dog and the PigletUnlikely Friendships The Monkey and the Dove

Loyal Friends to People:

Stubby the War DogFinding WinnieHachiko the True Story of a Loyal DogHelen Keller's Best Friend BelleEmi and the Rhinocerous ScientistLittle Dog LostKoko LoveJack and JillMidnightStep Right UpTuesday Takes Me ThereTuesday Tucks Me InRags Hero Dog of World War IDarling Mercy Dog of World War IFly Cher Ami FlyWar DogsNubsBunny the Brave War HorseHachiko WaitsDadblamed Union Army CowThe Donkey of Gallipoli

Amazing True Animal Stories:

Bob the Railway DogClara the True Story of the Rhinocerous Who Dazzled KingsDog on BoardDozer's RunElephants Can Paint TooHerbertEllie's Long WalkFaithful ElephantsElizabeth Queen of the SeasHope for WinterIvanThe Giraffe That Walked to ParisLily a True Story of CourageLooking for MizaOut of the WoodsQueenieSaving the Baghdad ZooShep Our Most Loyal DogStayJumbo the Most Famous Elephant in the WorldThe World's Greatest ElephantWonder HorseZeraffa Giraffa
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Mighty Girls: Saddle Up!

Mighty Girls: Saddle Up!

Women’s History Month 2015

Mighty Girl Story:
Read Right Now! Saddle Up
“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project


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Cowgirls The Cowgirl Way Born to Be a Cowgirl Wild Women of the Wild West Iris Wall Cracker Cowgirl
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The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats

The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats

Mr. Ferris and his Wheel

A fascinating look at how scientists solve a medical mystery when brown bats start dying off all across the country. Is climate change to blame? Are the bats sick? Do they have a fungus or a virus? Are they being poisoned? No one knows for certain. Walk with the scientists as they piece together evidence to help save the little brown bats. Wonderful pictures of the bats as well as the scientists at work in the lab and in the field, or in this case, the cave.

A finalists for the 2014 Cybils Award in the category: Non-Fiction for Early and Middle Grades.Cybils Logo

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