The Skull Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/7/1
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Riddle me this: what animal beginning with 'L' has binocular vision and is a predator?
THE SKULL ALPHABET BOOK makes young readers use their brains. Children learn simple facts and hone their critical thinking skills as they deduce the identity of 26 different animals arranged in alphabetical order.
Incredibly rich, realistic, and inventive oil paintings by Ralph Masiello lay a trail of clever clues to the identity of the animals represented only by their skulls. Look even closer and find hidden in the unique settings portraits of 43 of the presidents of the United States.
WARNING! This book contains the alphabet. If you are afraid of the alphabet, do not read any further.
This is a science book about mammal skulls. A skull is the head of a skeleton. Leg bones, arm bones, rib bones, and backbones are not in this book.
A is for...We are not telling you! As you read this book, you will have to use your skull—actually, what is in your skull: your brain! Can you guess what animal this is? Think! Its skull is perfectly shaped for eating small, six-legged creatures.
The prose style was not always to my taste. Occasionally the prose reminded me of the condescending tone common to Permabound educational children's books from the 1950s-1970s. The bonus "find the Presidential portraits" feature seems ill-advised to me. Every time a new President is elected, this edition of the book will further date itself.
Overall I think this book is appealing and interesting.