Humorous comparisons and playful artwork teach children the unusual ways that a variety of animals-from woodpeckers to snakes to bats-use their tongues to find food, eat, and clean themselves.
In this nonfiction picture book, kids will learn about the woodpecker, which uses its tongue to burrow for insects under tree bark; the okapi, which can wash its face and ears with its tongue; and the octopus, which uses its tongue to drill holes in shells. Through bright, playful collage artwork, readers can imagine what it would be like to have a tongue like a sword, like a straw, or like a party blower, among many other silly and illuminating comparisons. The back matter expands on each animal tongue's unique abilities and includes information about other fun tongues, too.
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Maria Gianferrari 's favorite pastime is searching for perching red-tailed hawks while driving down the highway. When she's not driving, she's watching Cornell Hawk mates, Big Red and Ezra, raise their chicks each year via birdcam. She's the author of Coyote Moon and Hello Goodbye Dog , also published by Roaring Brook PresMore about Maria Gianferrari