Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Cheetah Cubs and Beetle Grubs: The Wacky Ways We Name Young Animals

Swanson, Diane (Author)
Ando, Mariko (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2007. 24 pages
First published: 2007
ISBN: 9781554510832 (paperback)
9781554510849 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 591.3
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

figurative language, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

In this slim volume, you will find a fun and informative introduction to how we name animal babies. Eleven species are selected here with particularly quirky names for their babies: young mice are “pinkies,” baby ducks are “flappers” and infant goats are “kids.” Comparisons to human objects or actions as well as unusual facts provide a wonderful way to expand vocabulary, knowledge and imaginations.

Layout is dynamic and colourful, with a two-page spread devoted to each animal. On one side is a cartoon watercolour of the baby animals in an anthropomorphic setting; opposite is a description of the young creature, as well as a dot point list of facts called “Neat to Know.” Illustrations show mosquito “wigglers” dancing the rumba and cheetah “cubs” wearing Cub Scout outfits. A circular photograph of each animal baby accompanies the text.

Facts are full of imagery that make ideas concrete and compelling for young readers: “One mouse pinkie weighs no more than a mini-marshmallow” and “By shaking the hairs on their heads, mosquito wigglers make food float right to them.”

Rich and engaging language manages to convey information clearly to a young audience: “Pawfuls of the thick, wormlike grubs pack as much protein as the beans and stews cowboys ate on the range.”

Amusing and easy to relate to, this non-fiction picture book is sure to inspire appreciation for the animal kingdom.

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    Discuss the structures and features of this book. How is it similar to or different from most animal books? Why do you think the author chose to craft the book in this particular way?

  •  Choose a page that interests you and make a mind map about one of the animals.
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    Find two creatures whose young have the same term, say, pup (e.g. seal and dog) or chick (e.g. crow and dove) and compare them in a graphic organizer.

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    Choose and research another young animal. Create an information page in the same style as the book.

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    Explore and discuss the structures and features of this book. How is this book similar to or different from most animal books? How do the illustrations help you remember the names of the baby animals?

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    Choose a page that interests you and make a mind map about one of the animals.

  •  

    Find two creatures that are called, say, pup (e.g. seal and dog) or chick (e.g. crow and dove) and compare them in a graphic organizer.

  •  

    Choose and research another young animal. Create an information page in the same style as the book.

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