The World’s Largest Rodent
By Natalie Lunis
Bearport Publishing, 2010
More Supersized! Series
ISBN # 978-1936087310
Nonfiction picture book
“The capybara is the biggest rodent in the world. A capybara is the size of a large dog.”
Capybara is about the large mammal in the rodent family, which includes beavers, porcupines, and maras of Argentina. This social animal lives in groups and lookouts call a warning. They swim well and use this adaptation to hide from predators like jaguars and caimans.
The photographs in the book provide a fascinating, up-close look at this giant rodent. They illustrate each section well and are clearly labeled. The back matter includes more information about large rodents, a picture glossary, an index, a read more section, and an online site at Bearport.
This is a fun and readable book. It sort of makes me want to see one in the wild—they’re kind of cute. Take a look at Capybaras. Kids are sure to enjoy it. The book is a 2010 NSTA recommended book.
Look up the characteristics of a rodent. Make a picture chart to show the common characteristics rodents share. Then write about what you’ve learned.
Make a list of the adaptations that capybaras have that allow them so live successfully in South America.
National Science Standards: growth and development of organisms; social interactions and group behavior
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