True or False? … There is a lizard in Central America that can run on water.
The basilisk lizard of Central America escapes predators by running on water, earning it the nickname the “Jesus Christ lizard.” It can do this thanks to its large feet and fast running speed. You can see it for yourself right here:
This trivia was inspired by:
Title: What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You?
By: Steve Jenkins (Author/Illustrator)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers;
Suitable For Ages: 4-7 years
Themes/Topics: Animal Adaptations, Defence Mechanisms, Food Chain
Booktalk: This book introduces readers to a selection of animals with fascinating defense mechanisms. It is illustrated with Steve Jenkins’ famous collages and offers an interactive experience by encouraging readers to guess each animal’s defense mechanism before reading the answer. This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys animals and/or trivia games. It would also be a great choice for a unit on animal adaptations.
Here is a snippet:
When an octopus is threatened,
it squirts a thick cloud of black ink into the water, confusing its attacker.
Guess – While reading the book, guess each animal’s defense mechanism. Was your guess correct? Why or why not?
Discuss – Discuss how humans have adapted to dangerous situations and answer the book’s concluding question: “What would you do if something wanted to eat you?”
Research – Do further research about one of the animals featured in the book.
Write –Select your own nonfiction topic and create a book that encourages readers to guess the answer before turning the page.
Create – Make your own animal collage after watching Steve Jenkins explain how he makes his famous artwork:
I purchased this book. You can look for a copy in your local library or buy it on Amazon. I especially like the affordable, but high-quality, paperback version.