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Did You Hear That? Animals With Super Hearing
Did you hear that?
No, you couldn't have--it was the superhigh call of a bat, which listens to the echoes of its sounds to avoid trees and catch insects.
Did you hear that?
No, you couldn't hear that either--it was the superlow rumble of an elephant "talking" with other elephants miles away on the African plain.
Many animals have a super sense of hearing. Small rodents call to one another with ultrahigh sounds, too high and faint for animals that hunt them to hear. Some insects that can hear ultrahigh sounds dodge out of the way of hunting bats. And humpback whales may communicate to each other across miles of ocean with sounds too low for us to hear.
Learn about these and other animals that are able to hear sounds beyond the range of human ears in this fact filled book. Sidebars provide additional information to supplement the text and there is a glossary and list of web resources at the end.
Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2001
Arnold introduces a dozen animals with superhearing in this appealing offering. It serves as a clear and accessible introduction to animal communications, with enough unusual facts to intrigue the more experienced reader as well. The brief text is complemented by dozens of full-color illustrations that extend it, often with boxes to highlight specific details. The author concludes with some Web sites for more information on animal communication and a brief glossary. A welcome addition to the science section.
School Library Journal, August 2001
Arnold begins this simple introduction to creatures with a 'super sense of hearing' with a very brief explanation of the measured range of sound. An interesting chart compares the range heard by elephants, dogs, humans and bats. The body of the work features double-page topical spreads, each each with two or three paragraphs of text across broad, full-color illustrations. Bats, with their well-known use of echolocation, get a bit more coverage than other creatures, but insects, rodents, a few birds, dolphins, and even the rhinoceros are considered. Most spreads also incorporate a small framed box with an illustrated fact. The varied, often bold color tones used as backgrounds in the artwork seem to separate rather than unite the spreads, though the animals depicted are realistic and sometimes intriguing. The book should be useful in science classes, and the presentation encourages some reflective thinking.