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. Volume XI Number 3 . . . . October 1, 2004
The author/illustrator team of Pamela Hickman and Pat Stephens continue to produce appealing nature books on various aspects of animal behaviour. Animals and Their Mates describes how animals locate a mate, either by attracting one with sensory signals or by gathering in a large group for breeding. It details the way some animals fight to get or keep a mate and the length of their partnership. Season and age play a role in mating, as does the location of the breeding place. Each section of the book is introduced with a single species focus and insert that has become characteristic of this series: "If you were a........" lists several specific habits that illustrate the rationale for the chapter. Additional species examples extend the explanation. The Index will be useful for beginning researchers as it includes both species names and concepts that are covered in the text.
Illustrations are colourful, large, accurate and detailed. Labels or captions will aid the reader in identifying new species such as the false map turtle and scorpion fly. Exceptions to the normal mating and nesting habits of an animal group are illustrated and described in text boxes: eg. the great horned owl's mating season is early winter, unlike most northern hemisphere birds. The layout is attractive, with plenty of colour on every page and the text in inviting, readable chunks under clear subheadings to assist younger readers.
Librarians will welcome this easy-to-read volume as an addition to their collections on specific animal behaviours.
Living in BC, Gillian Richardson is a freelance writer and former teacher-librarian.
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