Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Glow-in-the-Dark Animals

Glow-in-the-Dark Animals
written by Natalie Lunis
(Bearport Publishing) 2011
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

Since being introduced to the anglerfish through watching Finding Nemo, I have wanted to know more about this terrifying deep sea creature. Fortunately, I came across a copy of Glow-in-the-Dark Animals. This book features eight creatures that create their own light. The process is called bioluminescence which means living light. The glowing in the anglerfish's lure is caused by bacteria that make that live "inside the tip of the anglerfish's fishing rod." Other animals featured in this book include familiar animals like fireflies and less well-known animals like the New Zealand Glowworm and the cucujo. Nonfiction books like Glow-in-the-Dark Animals work because the subject matter is mostly unfamiliar, the photographs are cool, and it has a "creepy factor" that really appeals to kids. Author Natalie Lunis does a great job of explaining how bioluminescence works in each animal and she gives comparisons to common objects (e.g. comparing the cucujo's lights to a car's headlights) so students have a way to connect this new information. The back matter contains several features (glossary, index, bibliography) that could be used for a lesson on nonfiction text features. 

Click on this link for more information about glow-in-the-dark animals. These include links to five websites and crossword puzzles.

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