Animals

MonkeyShines

Whether leaping through the vines of a rainforest or the pages of a book at the library, monkeys have lots to teach us about the ways animals live, our responsibilities in caring for the last wild places, and just how to have fun.

I'll bet you know that monkeys are furry, cute, and swing in the trees, but there's so much more to learn about them:

A Monkey is NOT an Ape

Monkeys have tails, but apes do not. Chimpanzees, gibbons, orangutans, and gorillas are all apes. They use their powerful arms and legs to swing through the trees. Many New World monkeys from South America can use their tails like another hand to swing. Monkeys from Asia and India can't do that! Monkeys, apes, and humans are all part of a family group called primates.

Good Night, Gorilla

By Peggy Rathmann

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An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo. Suggested for ages 2-6.
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Where is the cake?

By Tjong Khing The

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"An adventurous look-and-find book with new stories to follow and items to discover in each browsing."--HNA website. Suggested fro ages 4-8.
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If I Were a Lion

By Sara Weeks

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A little girl pleas her innocence from her time-out chair by contrasting her behavior with that of wild and ferocious animals. Preschool to Grade 1.
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Fantastic Mr. Fox

By Roald Dahl

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Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family.
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A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry

By By Marjorie Maddox and Philip Huber (illustrator)

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Everyone has heard the phrase a school of fish. But what about a rumba of rattlesnakes,; an army of ants; or a crash of rhinos? Derived from both oral and written traditions, collective nouns go back centuries. These terms not only charm us with their sound, but they provide a bit of insight into animal behavior. Readers can find these and other terms--from alley cats to zebras--in fourteen thought-provoking poems by Marjorie Maddox. J 811 Ma
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If I Ran the Zoo

By Dr. Seuss

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A young boy imagines the fantastic animals and incredible acts he will have for his greatest of all circuses. If you like this, try If I Ran the Circus. Suggested for ages 4-8. JE Seu.
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"Please Play Along!" by Patches, resident faux hamster @ Salem Church Branch

I took up residence on the Children’s Desk at the library about one year ago. Although I have been adored and admired by many, some people actually give me the cold shoulder. Can you believe that people say things like, “Oh, it’s a fake hamster. Whatever!” or “Let’s go. It’s not real.” I have even been called a rat! I want you all to know that I am listening, even if I don’t always physically react (my batteries run low sometimes, don’t yours?). And just for the record, I prefer the term faux.

Penguin Power

They're very cute, very sturdy, and are excellent parents. Colored in black and white with sometimes a splash of orange, penguins make their homes in lots of different places, from South America to Antarctica.

Nuts to You!

By Lois Ehlert

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Come along on a squirrel's adventure through the big city.

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