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Children's Nonfiction General


by (author) Adrienne Mason

illustrated by Nancy Gray Ogle

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2006
Recommended Age
5 to 10
Recommended Grade
k to 5
Recommended Reading age
5 to 10
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2006
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2006
    List Price

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The stinky way skunks defend themselves is just one of 14 topics in this clearly written book. Kids find out why skunks are black and white, where they live, how they raise their young, how they hunt and much more. The easy-to-read text and accurate, detailed illustrations of the Kids Can Press Wildlife Series provide a perfect learning resource for young children and satisfy their curiosity about these often misunderstood animals. Did you know? *As a final warning, a spotted skunk will stand on its front paws before spraying. *Some skunks will eat snakes --- even poisonous ones! *Newborn skunks, or kits, are so small that you could fit two in the palm of your hand. *Skunks help people by eating animals that can be pests, such as rats and mice.

About the authors

Adrienne Mason is a writer, editor and life-long resident of Vancouver Island. A biologist and naturalist/interpreter, she is the managing editor of KNOW: The Science Magazine for Curious Kids. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Victoria, and her articles have appeared in National Geographic Kids, WILD, Canadian Geographic, Georgia Straight, Beautiful BC, OWL, Ranger Rick, Boys' Life and Nature Canada. She lives in Tofino, BC, and enjoys hiking, beachcombing and exploring the coast with her husband and two daughters.

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Nancy Gray Ogle is an avid naturalist, art teacher and nature illustrator. She lives in Muskoka, Ontario.

Nancy Gray Ogle's profile page


  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada
  • Winner, Outstanding Science Trade Books, National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council

Editorial Reviews

The story line is clear and concise — the illustrations are extremely well done and accurate.

Mason has provided readers with an accurate, fun-to-read look at this sometimes misunderstood animal — a well-organized addition.

Librarian Reviews

Skunks (Kids Can Press Wildlife)

Where do skunks live? What do they eat? Easy-to-read text and accurate illustrations meet the research needs of children and satisfy their curiosity about these often misunderstood animals.

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

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