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Who's Like Me? (Uncover and Discover) Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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About the Author
Nicola Davies is a zoologist and writer who graduated from Cambridge with a degree in zoology before going on to work in television. She is the author of non-fiction books Poo, Big Blue Whale, Surprising Sharks and Ice Bear, as well as the novel Home, and Gaia Warriors - a book about climate change written in collaboration with scientist James Lovelock. Her latest books for Walker include the Silver Street Farm fiction series, about three children who set up a city farm, and the Animal Surprises books.
Marc Boutavant is new to the Walker list. He is an illustrator and artist who has illustrated childrens' books for Albin Michel, Actes Sud Junior, Nathan, Seuil Jeunesse and Mila. In 2002, he created his own animal series called "Mouk" at Éditions Milan, published in the UK by Random House. His other work has been for the Guardian and the New York Times. He lives in Paris.
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First off, lifting flap books are for younger kids... essentially preschoolers ages 2.5-4 years old and this book's content is very appropriate for that age range. The book shows an animal and asks the kid to pick out of four which animal is similar. The goal is to match feathers with feathers (birds), scales with scales (reptiles), fur with fur (mammals), smooth wet skin (amphibians), and breath under water with scales (fish).
Secondly, from an educational aspect, this book is not organized for the best learning outcomes. How these flap books SHOULD work: Left hand page should shows an animal with a description of what is being viewed... then right hand side should have multiple animals to choose from.... the kid thinks about the answer and inspects each animal.... then lifts up the flap for the animal they think has similar physical characteristics... the text beneath the animal reveals if their answer is right. This enforces learning, thinking, and making connections. HOWEVER this book does not do this..... it places the animals UNDER the flap WITH the answer.... and only shows the animal's skin on top. A kid is not going to know the difference between reptile and fish scales but they can know the difference between a fish and a snake.... In fact, the drawing of the reptile's skin does not even look like it does have scales.... and how exactly do you show moist skin for amphibians clearly?... It just makes far more sense to show the WHOLE animal on top of the flap and not merely the skin and then discuss such things as their skin as to why the answer was right Further the correct animal is always on the right side.... which further removes the necessity to think. It would have been better if all four animals had an equal chance of being the correct answer.
Lastly, Instead of just going on to the next animal.... the next two pages show the correct animals paired and what they have in common as birds, mammals, etc. In general these pages are done well but at times has too much text for the age range.
Overall, this is the best book in the series, but still suffers from poor execution so I really don't think toddlers are going to learn proper science from this. I will be returning this book along with the other two in the series.