Humanimal: Incredible Ways Animals Are Just Like Us!

Ages: 7 - 12Publisher: What on Earth Books Author: Christopher LloydIllustrator: Mark Ruffle


Based on decades of experts’ research and scientific observation, Christopher Lloyd (Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention) invites readers to cultivate respect and empathy for the Earth’s other living creatures by enumerating their relatable similarities to humans. Under the theme of “Community,” Lloyd describes how bees and Canadian geese engage in teamwork, how ants and fish act as farmers to provide themselves with the specific foods they need, and how so many creatures engage in play. “Feelings” gives examples of animals’ emotional responses (love, aggression, grief); “Intelligence” relates how animals show self-awareness, communicate, solve puzzles, invent tools, and practice deception as a survival tool. Mark Ruffle’s gorgeous, vector-based illustrations and rich color palette capture images of all manner of flora and fauna. Lloyd includes a glossary as well as profiles of the ecologists, ethologists, marine biologists, psychologists, and zoologists sourced in the book.

Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

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