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Musk Oxen
ISBN: 9780822560678
Author: Markle, Sandra
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Published: February 2008
Retail: $7.95    OUR PRICE: $1.00
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Annotation: Herds of musk oxen roam the treeless tundra of the Far North. Following closely are wolves, predators looking for a meal. The wolves are no match for the powerful adult musk oxen with their helmet-like horns. When the herd is threatened, the adults form a circle around their young to protect them. Musk oxen, with their long, thick hair, are built to survive the harsh arctic winters. But the wolves still watch the herd for a calf that cant keep up or an old musk ox too weak to survive.
Additional Information
BISAC category: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Mammals
Target Age Group: Age 8-9
Target Grade: Grade 3-4
Grade level: Grade 3-4
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 10.75" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Picture Books, Non-Fiction, Animals, $1 Books!
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 111727
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q40453
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
With straightforward writing, Markle describes how musk oxen, with sharp horns and hooves, and porcupines, with barbed quills, defend themselves from enemies. Intriguing close-up photos, such as those of the musk oxen gathered in a protective circle to face wolves and a porcupine about to swat a mountain lion with its tail, expand the accessible text. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Animal Prey titles: [cf2]Porcupines[cf1] and [cf2]Musk Oxen[cf1].] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
With straightforward writing, Markle describes how musk oxen, with sharp horns and hooves, and porcupines, with barbed quills, defend themselves from enemies. Intriguing close-up photos, such as those of the musk oxen gathered in a protective circle to face wolves and a porcupine about to swat a mountain lion with its tail, expand the accessible text. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Animal Prey titles: [cf2]Porcupines[cf1] and [cf2]Musk Oxen[cf1].] Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 April)

K-Gr 4— Markle knows how to find just the right balance of facts for her intended audience and has selected stunning, full-color photographs to complement her texts. The focus of these books is on how the animals deal with predators. Musk Oxen is the only one in which they are actually being eaten, though there are no gory illustrations. Their defenses include the circling herd protection and wicked horns. Even still, a pack of wolves can cull out a young or weak herd member and concentrate their efforts. More emphasis here is on the bulls fighting bulls for dominance and mating rights. In Octopuses , readers are shown how an animal can be both predator and prey. The octopus can hide in "plain sight," squirt ink, paralyze with saliva, or forfeit a tentacle to escape predators in the sea. In the third book, readers are immediately drawn in by the opening shot of a lion towering over two nonchalant Old World porcupines. The animals' food, habitats, mating, and mothering habits are portrayed, but the essence of the text is in its descriptions of their escape from danger and use of their quills. Each book has a motivating "Looking Back" section in which children are challenged to reexamine a photograph on a certain page to find still another feature that the animal has for adaptation. These books offer an outstanding combination of fascinating texts and informative, appealing photos.—Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI

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