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Terrific Tongues

Written by Maria Gianferrari

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Terrific Tongues Synopsis

This fascinating and whimsical nonfiction picture book uses humorous comparisons and playful artwork to 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 debut illustrator Jia Liu's 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.

Terrific Tongues Press Reviews

Perfect for a group storytime, this is a useful addition to the wonders-of-animals shelf. - Kirkus Reviews An expressive monkey acts as a guide to the animal kingdom's most interesting tongues...Back matter offers greater detail and also explains the workings of the human tongue. The appealing cover and bright, cheery illustrations will capture the attention of even casual browsers. A fine addition to early nonfiction collections. -School Library Journal This fascinating and whimsical nonfiction picture book uses humorous comparisons and playful artwork to teach children the unusual ways that a variety of animals...use their tongues...Through debut illustrator Jia Liu's bright, playful collage artwork, readers can imagine what it would be like to have a tongue like a sword, or straw, or 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. - School Library Connection

Book Information

ISBN: 9781620917848
Publication date: 3rd April 2018
Author: Maria Gianferrari
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press an imprint of Astra Publishing House
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Maria Gianferrari

Maria Gianferrari is the author of many picture books, including Penny and Jelly, Coyote Moon, and Hello Goodbye Dog. She lives in Virginia with her husband and children. Visit mariagianferrari.com. Jia Liu received her MFA in Illustration from Maryland Institute College Arts. This is her debut picture book. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit jia-liu-t7ay.squarespace.com.

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