Living Color

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Encyclopedic view of colorful, intriguing animals.

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Educational Value

Explains why colors are important to animals for survival and gives fun facts about curious animals.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that scientific-minded kids will lose themselves in this informative book.

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What's the story?

Explores a menagerie of colorful creatures and the ways their color protects them.

Is it any good?

Young kids will be fascinated by the pictures -- some of the animals are really bizarre! -- while older kids will love the weird details. The pictures are detailed enough to stand up to scientific study and animals are grouped by color with plenty of subtitles to make it easy for kids to bounce around each page.

Did you know animals communicate with their colors? Mother Nature's rainbow animal kingdom is so colorful for two reasons: to keep animals safe and to attract mates. This detailed book showcases gorgeous illustrations of animals of every kind -- from the green African chameleon to the yellow crazy ant -- along with the scientific details that make being colorful so important.

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  • Families can talk about their favorite animals. What qualities make those animals so intriguing? They can also visit a zoo and check out the colorful animals there. Or quiz each other on some of the factoids in the book ("Why don't most wild birds lay white eggs?).

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