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Why Vampire Bats Suck Blood and Other Gross Facts about Animals
This title covers these subjects: Animals., Animal behavior., Animal locomotion.
Why Vampire Bats Suck Blood and Other Gross Facts about Animals
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First Facts

Why Vampire Bats Suck Blood and Other Gross Facts about Animals

Did you know that some animals use poop to cool off? It's true. And there's even an animal that uses poop to defend itself! Learn more about the gross things animals do and why they do them. The zoo will never be the same!

Reading LevelGrades 1-2
Interest LevelGrades 1-3
Lexile LevelIG650L
ATOS Level3.3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #149169
Early Intervention Level23
Text TypeInformational Text
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandFirst Facts
Page Dimensions0.319882" x 0.314961"
Page Count24
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $27.99 School/Library Price

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Library Media Connection - Bobbye Truitt, Library Media Specialist, Black Rock (Arkansas) Elementary School

"Young children will enjoy reading these short gross facts about people, animals, and insects. Colorful subheadings and cartoon characters top each section. Some readers might miss the “That’s So Gross” facts that are located at the bottom of the table of contents page. Colorful photographs add to the facts that are presented. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

November 1, 2012

Science Books & Films - Heather L. Kimmel, Emory University and AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow

"TWO STARS! This set of two books, Why Vampire Bats Suck Blood and other Gross Facts about Animals and Why Rabbits Eat Poop and Other Gross Facts about Pets , both by Jody Sullivan Rake, is entertaining and education reading for the younger set. Each animal is highlighted on two pages, one containing interesting (and gross!) facts about that animal and the other showing a clear photograph, sometimes of the fact described in the text. The animal book describes unusual traits of a few animals, which will captivate imaginations of children. The pet book explains common behaviors that children are likely to observe in their own pets or those of their friends and family, so they will easily relate to the facts presented here. Each page of text also includes definitions of terms in a footnote, and these are repeated in the glossary at the end of the book. Although these books are clearly geared towards children, they are complete with a table of contents at the beginning as well as a glossary and index at the end. These books also include information on additional reading and Internet sources. Therefore, these serve as good starting materials to help young children learn more about these fascinating creatures they may find at home or at the zoo. While these books would be appropriate for use at home, they would also be very useful in the classroom, as primary sources of information on these animals as well as how to use reference materials to find additional information." - Science Books & Films

January 1, 2013

School Library Journal - Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL

"These books will have no shortage of fans. As the titles imply, readers will be introduced to gross facts about bugs, animals, pets, and the body. Animals is the most fascinating as there are a lot of strange creatures, and the author has made lesser-known but intriguing selections. For example, readers learn that sea cucumbers squirt their intestines out their backsides as a form of defense (the intestines take two weeks to grow back) and that vultures can’t sweat so they defecate on their legs to cool off. Throughout the series, readers will delight in the frequent references to gross terms. Each chapter spread contains a well-written paragraph, a “gross fact!” pullout box with additional engaging information, and one to two photos. The latter are of excellent quality and provide enhancement to the texts. Definitions appear at the bottom of the page where the word appears and in glossaries. These books will leave readers clamoring for more, so be prepared." - School Library Journal

September 1, 2012

Jody S. Rake

Jody S. Rake

Jody Sullivan Rake specializes in writing about any and all animals. After earning a zoology degree from San Francisco State University, she became an educator and science writer at SeaWorld in San Diego. She still lives in San Diego.

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