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A Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays

The Wacky Ways We Name Animal Groups

by Diane Swanson, illustrated by Mariko Ando Spencer

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A madcap menagerie of animal group names.

They say that birds of a feather flock together. But who knew that bears in a group are called a sleuth? Eagle-eyed author Diane Swanson knew. In a book that's both funny and fascinating, Swanson explores 11 animals and the collective nouns that describe them.

Many terms are a perfect fit. A leap of leopards certainly evokes images of these acrobatic cats. And you can't help but look up to a tower of giraffes. But would you have guessed that many pheasants make up a bouquet? Other animal groupings include:

  • An army of caterpillars
  • A pride of lions
  • A bed of clams
  • A raft of ducks
  • A gang of elk

Each playful profile reveals a term's origins and describes the behavior and characteristics of the animal. Meanwhile, delightful illustrations capture the literal connection to each intriguing name. A Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays is sure to intrigue young animal enthusiasts and budding language lovers alike.

 

Contributor Notes

Diane Swanson is the award-winning author of more than 60 factual books for children, including The Wonder in Water and Turn It Loose: The Scientist in Absolutely Everybody. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

 

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 7
Grade:
k to 2
Editorial Review

Part science and part English lesson... Great for individual or classroom consumption, this makes both language and science lots of fun.

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A Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays: The Wacky Way We Name Animals Groups

A pride of lions, a bed of clams… This book focuses on 11 animals and the curious collective nouns that describe them. Includes neat-to-know facts, playful illustrations and colour photos.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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