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Animal Legs Review by Brittney Rutherford

Mary Holland
Abordale Publishing
612 Johnnie Dodds, Suite A2
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Animal Legs is a book about the legs and feet of different insects and animals. The book looks not at animals as a whole and their general characteristics, but at a handful of specific animals. We learn about the talons, webbed feet, prolegs, sticky toe pads, pectinations and other physical attributes that these animals use to eat, move and make their way in the world. For the child that loves animals and insects, this book will continue to feed their interest in science, because they are fun tidbits of facts, like why this animal stamps its feet, or why that animal grows flaps on its feet each fall. The book isn't just a list of random facts about an animal though. Instead, passage is written in a conversational tone, involving and engaging the reader. 

The 32 page paperback is very well done and of a nice quality, but it's also available as an eBook. Each two page spread has black text on a white background, with the large natural photographs as the focus. Smaller photographs are scattered throughout, but they are close-ups to show intricate details.  The book ends with a few pages of simple learning activities. 

The book has a target age range of 4-8 years old.  Although written for the early elementary crowd, the writing is by no means simplistic or childish, and both my 7 and 9 year old boys enjoyed it.  Author Mary Holland is a naturalist and nature photographer, and has more books in this “Animal Adaptions Series,” that are about animal eyes and mouths. If they are of the same caliber, I can see them also being unique additions to our science library. 

-Product review by Brittney Rutherford, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January, 2017