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Giant Squid

Giant Squid

Giant Squid

Giant Squid is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS Awards, 2016! More Finalists

The eyes of a giant squid can be as big as a soccer ball. Seriously. I don’t want to think cybils-2016-round-150about giant squid when I am at the beach! In a book though, they are so interesting. Even though giant squid start out bite-sized, just two inches long, they grow to be HUGE. Their tentacles can be up to 40 FEET long. And giant squid are stealthy. They move quietly, like a submarine.

Giant squid live so far down in the ocean scientists didn’t really know very much about them until recently. In the video below with the title “Rare Giant Squid Encounter,” you can watch scientists see a giant squid for the first time interacting with one of their deep sea cameras. It is fun to watch how excited the scientists are.

Scientists and engineers have figured out how to send drones to Mars to study it and have just as much of a challenge figuring out how to successfully study the deepest parts of the ocean right here on earth. The ocean is so deep, lack of oxygen, the darkness, and the pressure per square inch make it as inhospitable to humans as a different planet!

When you watch the giant squid in the video, it looks so beautiful and graceful, like its arms are dancing. And then you read this book and find out even their TONGUES have teeth. Yikes! (A drawing of the tongue.) The giant squid, ferocious and beautiful all wrapped up in one mysterious, enormous creature. Find out what makes this creature so elegant..and deadly…in Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrations by Eric Rohmann.

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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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More Books about Working Dogs:

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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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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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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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