Animal Fur, Wool, and More

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Why are humans and other mammals covered in hair, and why are there so many different types of it? Vivid photographs paired with a duo of quirky, illustrated hair guides serve to illuminate fascinating facts about mammal hair: why it exists, what it’s good for, and more. Readers will learn about different types of animal coats, such as fur and down, and explore the many different forms guard hairs take, such as the quills on a porcupine.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2019-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF003000, JNF051150
Dewey 591.47
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 800
Guided Reading Level U
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 501415
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Source notes

Author: Marilyn Singer

Winner of the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry, 2015, Marilyn Singer has written more than 100 books in many genres. An animal lover, Marilyn likes to look for critters in many places—and then write about them. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Washington, CT, with her husband, a dog, a cat, and two doves. Visit her web site:

Illustrator: Julie Colombet



“In this delightful volume, readers learn how to distinguish the distinctive kinds of hair mammals have and their numerous and often very important uses.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Sure to be welcomed in settings with curious elementary-age children.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“An excellent purchase for elementary nonfiction collections.”—School Library Journal