By: Mary Holland
Publisher: Arbordale Books
Publication Date: August 2016
Reviewed by: Holly Connors
Review Date: October 2016
What can you do with your legs? Run fast and wiggle your toes? Did you know that legs are really amazing things? Many animals can do very cool, very remarkable things with their legs. What can they do, you ask? Check out Animal Legs to find out!
Animal Legs explores the varied, and useful, things different animals use their legs for. You might think that caterpillars have lots of legs but actually only the first three pair are true legs. The others are called “prolegs” that have hooks to help the caterpillars climb up smooth surfaces. The ruffed grouse, a very pretty bird, actually grows small flaps on the side of each toe in the fall to help him walk on the snow. Did you know that some animals use their legs to taste? When you read this book, you’ll learn all about them.
Author Mary Holland has done an excellent job of introducing young readers to animal legs and the many functions they perform. With easy to understand explanations, she takes children on a journey through the animal world to explore all the various uses of animal legs. There are plenty of vivid photos of the animals, and many are close up views of the legs to allow better inspection of that creatures’ appendages. At the back of the book is a section “For Creative Minds” that can be used for further study.
Quill says: With its instructional, easy to understand exploration of the animal world, Animal Legs is an excellent addition to a school or home library.