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Friday, December 28, 2012

Why Pandas Do Handstands, by Augustus Brown


I don't read a lot of non fiction books, to be honest, but recently I've been terribly fascinated by the adaptability of animals, and how their bodies are so perfectly suited to their lifestyles, or how their lifestyles are so uniquely adapted to their strange bodies.

This book has a lot of great tidbits.  Did you know there's a fish that grows at a rate equivalent to a human baby becoming an adult six times the size of the Titanic?  Did you know that elephants may be able to communicate with other elephants 20 miles away by stomping on the ground?  

Why Pandas Do Handstands:  And Other Curious Truths About Animals will give you hundreds of fascinating tidbits like this.  The writing style gets a bit repetitive, as do some of the facts, but overall it's a fascinating look into the adaptability of animals.


My rating:  4

Click here to buy Why Pandas Do Handstands, by Augustus Brown.  

1 comment:

  1. I sort of liked The Panda's Thumb by Steven Jay Gould. But the later books got more and more arcane and less and less sensation. Like I really don't care about learning the details of scientific theories that were disproved a hundred years ago. What is the point?

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