Science Behind the Colors

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Why are flamingos pink? How does a blue-footed booby use its blue feet? Find these answers and more about some of nature’s most colorful creatures in Science Behind the Colors. Each book highlights a specific animal, detailing how and why the animal gets its colors, if they change and how that change happens, and what purpose the colors serve. Bright, full-color photographs complement the carefully leveled text to make reading for understanding easy and fun. Includes diagrams, sidebars, photo labels, an activity, glossary, and index.

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“Bright clear photos fill the pages of this series, while text is divided into easily digestible chunks of three or four sentences. Many of the photos have labels or small ‘Did You Know’ text boxes that offer additional facts. Each title also includes an infographic, such as a diagram of blue-footed boobies’ mating dance or a map of where mandarinfish live. An activity at the end of each book directs readers to research life cycles or observe how food coloring changes a stalk of celery. Those who wish to learn more may use the ‘Fact Surfer’ website to access more resources. VERDICT An engaging series useful for lessons on animal adaptations or pleasure reading for animal lovers in general.”

“Ever wonder how animals came to possess their particular pigments? The Science Behind The Colors series takes a unique approach to color in nature by offering kids simplified explanations of the how and why behind creatures’ colors. Aside from setting off a round of giggles, Blue-Footed Boobies explains that this diving bird’s feet get their bright turquoise hue from a mix of the collagen in their skin and yellow pigment from the fish they eat. Similarly, Flamingos attributes its birds’ signature pink to their diet, rich in carotenoids; the brighter the color, the healthier the bird! Jewel bright and deadly, the tiny amphibians of Poison Frogs are genetically programmed to display eye-catching patterns and colors, which act as warnings against consumption. The neon flamboyance of Sea Slugs’ star mollusks is attributed to diet or genetics, depending on the species, and helps them camouflage or signal danger (poisonous!) to predators. Excellent photos fill the books, which use short sentences, repetition, and a few advanced vocabulary words to support and challenge young readers as they learn about the animals’ diets, habitats, and life cycles. ‘Take a Look!’ infographics and a concluding activity accommodate different learning styles, as well as introduce common nonfiction text features. Interesting and attractive, this will make a strong addition to the science shelves.” – Julia Smith

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