Fall 2020

Bionic Beasts

Saving Animal Lives with Artificial Flippers, Legs, and Beaks

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

What happens when a young elephant steps on a buried land mine? What happens when a sea turtle’s flipper is injured by a predator? Thanks to recent advances in technology, we have new ways to design and build prosthetic body parts that can help these animals thrive.

Meet an Asian elephant named Mosha, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Lola, a German Shepherd named Cassidy, a greylag goose named Vitória, and Pirate, a Berkshire-Tamworth pig. Each of these animals was struggling, but through a variety of techniques and technologies, humans created devices that enabled the animals to live and move more comfortably. Discover the stories of how veterinarians, doctors, and even students from around the world used 3D printing and other techniques to build bionic body parts for these amazing animals.

Format Your Price
On pre-order until 10/06/2020
On pre-order until 10/06/2020
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Category Science, STEM, STEM: Technology
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2020-10-06
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF061010, JNF024070, JNF003220
Dewey 636.089/7
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 1150
Guided Reading Level X
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, and Reviewed


Kirkus Reviews

“Scientifically inclined readers will enjoy this in-depth application of STEM to disabled animals.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Jolene Gutiérrez

Jolene Gutiérrez has always loved animals. She grew up on a farm where she rode horses, bottle-fed calves, chased kittens, and raised tadpoles that grew into toads. She's been a school librarian for 25 years and lives in Colorado with her husband, 2 teenage kids, 3 preteen dogs, and 1 prickly hedgehog. Learn more at www.jolenegutierrez.com.