And the Winner Is ... (Hardcover)

Amazing Animal Athletes

By Etta Kaner, David Anderson (Illustrator)

Kids Can Press, 9781554539048, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2013

List Price: 16.95*
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As this informational picture book by award-winning author Etta Kaner begins, sportscasters Walrus and Cockatoo are setting the stage: ?Welcome to the World Animal Games --- that's WAG for short. Top athletes from habitats around the world will be competing for the gold! Exciting, isn't it, Cockatoo?? Along with some comic relief, the pair then provide the play-by-play for the seven sporting events covered in the book. With a total of twenty-eight animals competing, each event, from high jump to weight lifting and swimming, pits a different group of four against one another. Readers are given ?stats? for each competitor and are invited to guess who will win. Then they turn the page and find out who won and, importantly, why. They also learn how the winner compares, proportionally, to the best human achievement in that skill. Besides the funny, wisecracking banter between Walrus and Cockatoo, further entertainment is provided in the lively illustrations by David Anderson, as well as in the silly puns. For example, a chicken calls out, ?Foul play!? while a goat exclaims, ?You've got to be kidding!? This book will be hugely appealing to those children who love to learn facts about the strongest, highest and fastest. In the classroom, it's a perfect introduction to science lessons on living things and their characteristics, with the interactive guessing element a great way to keep children engaged. It also works as a read-aloud during major sporting events such as the Olympics.

About the Author

Etta Kaner is a retired elementary school teacher and writer for both children and educators. Her children's books have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award and the Science in Society Book Award. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Cartoonist and illustrator David Anderson has written and illustrated two children's books of his own. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Praise For And the Winner Is ...: Amazing Animal Athletes

Children will be fascinated by some of the animals feats cataloged here and may even be curious to see how well they might do in comparison.—Kirkus Reviews

Whereas most animal books for this age group focus on one particular animal or habitat, this is a good introduction to a broader range and the unusual strengths and abilities that come with it.—Booklist