Friday, February 7, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Fox Talk by L.E. Carmichael, PhD

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About the Book

Title: Fox Talk
Author: L.E. Carmichael, PhD
Book Designer: Michael Penman
Illustrator: Jody Bronson
Photography: Brian Dust
Publication Date: August 8, 2013
Publisher: Ashby-BP Publishing
Pages: 62
Recommended Age: 8+


When you talk to a dog, does the dog talk back? Many people think so. But for a long time, scientists didn't know how our furry friends learned to communicate with people. Luckily, Russian scientist Dmitri Belyaev had a plan. If he could tame wild red foxes, he could learn how dogs first came from wolves. By studying the way these foxes changed during domestication, the mystery of communication would be solved at a last. More than 50 years after the experiment began, Belyaev's foxes have become so tame, you can have one as a pet! Packed with eye-popping photos and first-hand research, FOX TALK reveals the story of these amazing animals... and everything they've taught us about wolves, dogs, and communication.

When I first saw the title for this book, I started singing "What does the fox say?" Go ahead, admit it. You did, too. If your child wasn't obsessed with that song and you don't know what I'm talking about, consider yourself very lucky! (I will admit that I liked it the first couple of times I heard it but it got old when I heard it over and over and over.)

I did realize that I didn't know that much about foxes so I was interested to learn more, and so were my kids. Dr. Carmichael starts with the domestication of dogs. Then she explains Russian scientist Dmitri Belyaev's experiment to try to turn wild red foxes into tame ones. We all enjoyed reading about this experiment and learning the results. She also discusses their body talk and sounds. Then, in the chapter titled "Meet the Foxes," there are pictures of them playing tag, dancing and chasing each other through a tunnel. We also learned the noises they make when they play. 

This is a book that we all enjoyed! It's easy to understand, and it's packed with information and pictures to help illustrate the points she's making. This is a great resource for any home library and one we will definitely read again and again!

My Rating=4.5 Stars

Early Buzz About the Book

"Fox Talk is an educational non-fiction title exploring the domestication of dogs by studying fox behaviour and communication. The information is presented with beautiful photographs, illustrations, bubbles/boxes of brief information, and descriptions of the research findings using age-appropriate language. I think this would be an excellent resource in elementary schools or for homeschoolers in particular and I highly recommend it." ~ 5-Star Review, Mother Daughter Book Reviews


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About The Author: L.E. Carmichael

L.E. Carmichael Author

Lindsey Carmichael never outgrew that stage of childhood when nothing's more fun than amazing your friends (and correcting your teachers!) with your stockpile of weird and wonderful facts. Her sense of wonder came in handy during her career as a scientist, and in 2006, she received the Governor General's Medal for her PhD thesis, Ecological Genetics of Northern Wolves and Arctic Foxes. Lindsey finds talking about science more fun than doing it, however, and now writes for kids, teens, and occasionally adults (a sense of wonder is essential for this, too). Lindsey publishes under the name L E Carmichael, and her work has appeared in Dig, Highlights for Children, Kiki, and Canadian Tales of the Fantastic. Her published science books cover everything from animal migration to hybrid cars. When not digging up obscure or wacky details for her next nonfiction project, Lindsey's probably working on her young adult fantasy novel.

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Renee C. said...

Yes!!! Me too!! I still sing that song randomly every few days. I can't get it out of my head either! lol Glad you enjoyed the book Mel and thanks so much for taking part in the Fox Talk Blog Tour. :-) hakey-hakey hakey-ho! (You're welcome! lol)

Jinky said...

Haha! That song easily gets stuck on my head. Thanks, now I'm going to have a lovely day (sarcasm). ;) --My son would probably get a kick out of this book.

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