About Fox Talk
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.
My Review of Fox Talk
What a great book! A little book that packs a lot of information, Fox Talk is a wonderful resource for kids who love learning about animals. But it’s not only a great resource for children, it’s a great resource for adults as well. I learned so much about foxes by reading this book.
This book is more than just general information about foxes; it is a book about domesticated foxes and how they communicate. Fox Talk shows you how the researchers developed domesticated foxes and learned about the development of their own special language. It’s filled with bright pictures and summaries to help you organize the information.
Fox Talk also contains pages with books and sites where you can go to find out more. In just this one book, you have a whole world of new information just waiting for you! I am sure your upper elementary/middle school child will love it!
About Author: L.E. Carmichael
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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