The Animal Mating Game
The Wacky, Weird World of Sex in the Animal Kingdom
Birds do it, bees do it, penguins do it, and orangutans do it. By having sex and giving birth to offspring, animals ensure that their species will survive into the next generation. And in this quest for survival, animals go to great lengths.
Some animal mating techniques may strike you as strange or gross, but to the animals themselves, these practices are essential. Animals with the best strategies for choosing mates and making babies ensure that their species live on. Without animal sex, there would be no animal life.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||104|
|BISACS||YAN050010, YAN050030, YAN003000|
|Dimensions||7 x 9|
|ATOS Reading Level||7.8|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||184679|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||4.0|
|Features||Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents|
“[W]ith a frank approach and an emphasis on the absolute necessity of reproduction . . . [t]his is a visually appealing and scientifically sound resource on an uncommon topic.”—Booklist
“A unique and well-organized survey of reproductive behaviors that belongs in every middle and upper school library but will probably not last long on the shelf.”—Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
“Downer’s investigation of the myriad ways different species produce offspring is sure to enthrall researchers and browsers.”—School Library Journal
Author: Ann Downer
Ann Downer was born in Virginia and spent part of her childhood in the Philippines and in Thailand. She is the author of five fantasy novels for young readers and three previous books about science, including the award-winning Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication for Twenty-First Century Books. Her first picture book, Shark Baby, was published in 2013. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and son. Their backyard is visited by woodchucks, skunks, and rabbits, but no bears—so far.