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How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom

Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Item #: D64535
Format: Cloth
Pages/Publication Date: 32 / 2015
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780544313651
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The team behind Creature Features, How to Clean a Hippopotamus, and the Caldecott Honor Book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? here offers an unusual look at how 18 different animals protect themselves, build homes, attract mates, and, most importantly, get their dinner. Gorgeously illustrated with Steve Jenkins's realistic paper collages, the book teaches readers 7 to 10 how to ward off insects (if you're a capuchin monkey), how to trap and eat fish (if you're a humpback whale), how to woo a ewe (if you're a bighorn sheep), how to disguise yourself as a dangerous sea creature (if you're a little octopus), and how to swallow a pig (if you're a python).

"Colorful, precise, and often striking against the white pages, the cut-paper collage illustrations fulfill their purpose beautifully. Fascinating facts presented with droll wit—a winning combination."—Booklist (starred review)

"Jenkins and [Robin] Page team up once again for a glimpse into the animal kingdom. The authors outline 18 behaviors step by step, addressing readers directly as they explain how whales fish, wasps build nests, and grebes dance.... The text is quite witty ('If you are a guy, start things off by offering a female grebe a gift of water plants').... Students will be enthralled by the descriptions of an octopus disguising itself, a crocodile hunting for a meal, and a python swallowing a pig.... Jenkins and Page present another fascinating, fun, and attractive look at the natural world."—School Library Journal (starred review)

"Numbered instructions, accompanied by Jenkins's always excellent paper collages, demonstrate how to repel insects like a capuchin monkey, catch a meal like a crocodile, or defend oneself like an armadillo. Beneath the irreverent tone, there's ample information about the animals' traits and behavior ... adding up to a highly enjoyable mix of science and humor."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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