Bone by Bone

Comparing Animal Skeletons

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

What would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? You’d be a bat! What if you had no leg bones but kept your arm bones? You’d be a whale, a dolphin, or a porpoise! This entertaining picture book will keep readers guessing as they learn about how our skeletons are like—and unlike—those of other animals.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-76138-464-9
$26.65 $19.99
978-1-46771-701-4
$39.99 $29.99
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Subject Science, STEM
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2013-08-01
BISACS JNF051050, JNF003000, JNF051030
Dewey 599.9'47
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 580
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 160639
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Awards

  • Utah Beehive Award, Winner, 2016
  • NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List, Winner, 2015
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2014
  • Missouri State Teacher's Association Reading Circle Selection, Winner, 2014
  • ACL Distinguished Book, Winner, 2014
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2014
  • The Cook Prize Finalist, Commended, 2013

Reviews

Slate

“I’ve been longing for another kind of picture book: one that appeals to young children’s wildest imagination in service of real evolutionary thinking….Bone by Bone, by veterinarian and professor Sara Levine, fills the niche to near perfection.” —Slate

Kirkus Reviews

“[The author’s] ‘what if’ questions are right on target for young learners, connecting them to the subject and extending their imaginations.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“The bright, stylized, color illustrations match each question, portraying cartoon children with distorted anatomy, such as a girl with a neck like a giraffe’s, or a snake with a human head….This unusual book is interactive and thought-provoking.” —School Library Journal

Illustrator: T.S Spookytooth

T.S Spookytooth has been illustrating for many years. Throughout these years of brandishing a paintbrush, he has explored the diverse fields of children’s picture books; magazine and newspaper illustrations; and advertising, packaging, and illustrating for websites. When not working on illustration commissions, he likes to find time to work on many of his own personal projects. He keeps these projects locked in a suitcase but sometimes he forgets where he left the key. An ideal day for Mr. Spookytooth is to ponder and then to draw these ponderings. Some food is fitted in along the way followed by more ponderings and the occasional readjustment of his bow tie, but ponderings are the main order of the day. He also lives in a house with Mrs. Spookytooth and thankfully she is fond of a ponder as well . . . and is good at finding lost keys.

Author: Sara Levine

Sara Levine is an author, educator and veterinarian. Her science books for children include Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons; Tooth by Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers; Fossil by Fossil: Comparing Dinosaur Bones; Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate, and Eye by Eye: Comparing Animal Peepers (2020). Her books have received a number of awards including AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, Utah Beehive Book Award, Cook Prize finalist, Monarch Award master list, and Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Bone by Bone

What would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? You’d be a bat! What if you had no leg bones but kept your arm bones? You’d be a whale, a dolphin, or a porpoise! This entertaining picture book will keep readers guessing as they learn about how… View available downloads →