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With its attractive illustrations and appealing text this book highlights the incredible diversity of our natural world. Each featured species has developed a unique adaptation to help it avoid detection or capture. From the ink cloud of the octopus to the mimicry of the hover fly, young readers will be amazed by the marvelous strategies used by animals to escape becoming dinner in nature's web of life.
This book can be used to explore science concepts such as adaptation, camouflage and predator/prey relationships. A teacher could create an experiment where students try to locate coloured objects on different backgrounds to develop an understanding of the relationship between sight and camouflage. A class could also use examples from the book to examine food chains in relation to healthy habitats.
The story also provides an innovative introduction to an outdoor field trip where students investigate and describe animals in their natural environment. Organisms could be observed with tools like magnifying glasses to identify structural adaptations that might aid in survival.
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