Monday, September 2, 2019

Review: Hair! Animal Fur, Wool and More by Marilyn Singer and Julie Colombet


Why are humans and other mammals covered in hair, and why are there so many different types of it? Vivid photographs paired with a duo of quirky, illustrated hair guides serve to illuminate fascinating facts about mammal hair: why it exists, what it’s good for, and more. Readers will learn about different types of animal coats, such as fur and down, and explore the many different forms guard hairs take, such as the quills on a porcupine.

Did you know that you had a mustache before you were born? That the zebra's stripes help protect it from biting flies? And, what's a pelage?

This book will teach you everything you never knew you wanted to know about hair! Types of hair, patterns, uses, hairless animals, keeping hair clean, whiskers (humans have those, too! sort of), and more. The conversational text comes in small chunks, set among bright photographs, many offering close-ups. A bird and a dog (I think) offer commentary and definitions of terms throughout. Books and web sites for further reading are offered at the end. A fun addition to any elementary library.

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