Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Julie Murphy
Illustrator: Hannah Tolson
Publisher: Amicus Ink
Animals have all kinds of feet that are adapted to help them in their particular habitat. Webbed feet help to propel ducks through the water. Koala feet with long claws help them to stay in branches while they sleep. Bright blue booby feet attract a mate! Cheetah's feet are fast and bighorn sheep's hooves hold them to high ground. The last page asks the reader what their feet can do.
This is a good non-fiction picture book that teaches little readers about feet. Feet are an unusual topic, but it's amazing to discover how easily feet identify the animal and how just this body part has adapted to various environments. Budding scientists will find interesting facts presented in a rare context and will enjoy learning more about the varied wild life. Did you know that the talons of an owl enable it to carry a skunk three times it's own weight? The illustrations are not the strength of this book. They are simplistic for the overall reading level of this title.