How do animals avoid becoming another creature's dinner? Some of them trick predators with camouflage or mimicry. Others use quickness, or startle attackers with unexpected displays. This book takes a look at 14 animals and the very different things they do to survive.

32 pages
Houghton Mifflin

Useful for teachers introducing animal defenses and the terms that go along with the subject and a great choice for a storytime.
School Library Journal
Whether curling up into an armor-plated ball, squirting clouds of ink, or imitating a leaf, the tricksters are described in a couple of sentences that invite further investigation of these survival techniques . . . One final question, "What would you do if something wanted to eat you?'' takes readers into their own cat-and-mouse scenarios. A dashing look at natural escape routes.
Kirkus Reviews
Thrilling, beautiful . . . dramatic.
Booklist, starred review
The youngest animal enthusiasts will find this an intriguing introduction to adaptation.
Bulletin of the Center for Children

Outstanding Science Trade Book for 1998, Selectors' Choice

Booklist Editors' Choice 1998

The Best Children's Books of the Year, 1998

Bank Street College of Education

Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 1997

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