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Oh, rats! : the story of rats and people /

by Marrin, Albert; Mordan, C. B [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton Children's Books, c2006Description: 48 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 27 cm.ISBN: 0525477624:; 9780525477624.Title notes: j $16.99 6/26/2007Subject(s): Rats -- Juvenile literature | Human-animal relationships -- Juvenile literature | Rats | Human-animal relationshipsA Junior Library Guild selection.Summary: Get ready to look at rats in a whole new way. These intelligent, compassionate creatures are greatly misunderstood.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Able to claw straight up a brick wall, squeeze through a pipe the width of a quarter, and gnaw through iron and concrete, rats are also revealed in this fascinating book to be incredibly intelligent and capable of great compassion. Weaving science, history, culture, and folklore, awardwinning writer Albert Marrin offers a look at rats that goes from curious to repulsive, horrifying to comic, fearsome to inspiring. Arresting blackand- white scratchboard illustrations with bold red accents add visual punch to this study of a creature that has annoyed, disgusted, nourished, and intrigued its human neighbors throughout the centuries.

A Junior Library Guild selection.

j $16.99 6/26/2007

Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning LG 6.2 2

Includes bibliographical references (p. 47).

Get ready to look at rats in a whole new way. These intelligent, compassionate creatures are greatly misunderstood.

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Horn Book Review

(Intermediate) ""Everything about the rat makes it a champion at survival. Of all the mammals, only humans have been more successful -- at least so far."" Nine fact-filled chapters enthusiastically present everything you'll ever want to know about rats...and some things you might not (don't ask about peanut butter). Focusing on the relationship between rats and humans throughout history, Marrin also covers the ubiquitous rodent's evolution, physiology, social behaviors, characteristics, and habits. An inviting design features distinguished etching-like illustrations; the black-and-white pictures accented with rosy pink and dark red are surprisingly effective and -- thankfully for rat-phobic readers -- more engaging than scary. Well-placed sidebars contain additional ratty bits of information on such topics as ""Rats and Ships,"" ""White House Rats,"" and ""Rats on the Menu."" A few transitions in the main narrative are confusing, but Marrin's interest in his subject and the audience-friendly presentation keep the text moving forward. Love rats or hate them, this book will leave readers with a greater respect for rats' intelligence and perseverance. There is no index, but back matter includes a bibliography and a list of rat-related fiction and nonfiction for younger readers. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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