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The World's Biggest Animals

Series of 6 titles

Did you know there is a whale as long as two school buses? Or a bird that's so heavy it can't even fly? Kids will enjoy exploring the world of supersized animals in this exciting series. Carefully leveled text and vibrant, full-color photos support early fluent readers and make reading informational text easy and fun. Includes infographics, glossary, and index.

Title   GRL Format Qty
Cover: The World's Biggest Amphibians The World's Biggest Amphibians J
Cover: The World's Biggest Birds The World's Biggest Birds J
Cover: The World's Biggest Fish The World's Biggest Fish J
Cover: The World's Biggest Insects The World's Biggest Insects J
Cover: The World's Biggest Mammals The World's Biggest Mammals J
Cover: The World's Biggest Reptiles The World's Biggest Reptiles J
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Category Beginning Readers, STEM
Subject Animals, Science and Math, STEM
Copyright 2016
Publisher Jump!
Imprint Pogo Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Dewey 595.7-599
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 7.5 x 9
Lexile 490-570
Guided Reading Level J
ATOS Reading Level 2.7-2.9
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents

Reviews

Series Made Simple

Each book introduces the class of animals in question before moving on to two chapters, each of which focuses on a different “biggest” animal. Basic info, with an emphasis on size, is provided. The authors employ child-friendly comparisons: school buses, cars, and average child or adult weight or height are frequent standards. “Did You Know?” insets extend the facts, while labels, simple graphs, and a world range map add value. Photos are clear and well chosen. A final graphic contrasts the height, weight, or length of one or both of the animals with humans, inviting further exploration. A quick “Try This!” activity that concludes each volume continues the math integration. VERDICT Young readers will find both the topic and treatment inviting as they are encouraged to interact with the text through questions and extensions.

Series Made Simple

In these bright introductions for emergent readers, close-up photos of delighted looking children using their senses in easy to understand ways (“Eli smells his stinky feet. Ew! He knows he needs a bath.”) accompany short, explanatory notes in large type. Though the amount of detail is skimpy (smell is said to be triggered by “scent bits,” and the fifth taste, umami, is not mentioned in Tasting), each volume does close with a simplified but recognizable graphic depiction of the relevant sense organ featuring (nontechnical) labels. Each also ends with a leading question—a ploy that Rustad flubs in Smelling with a confusing “What things do you smell? What do they tell you?” but elsewhere are sure to spark animated discussions. An excellent alternative or replacement for Katie Dicker’s “Sparklers: My Senses” series (Black Rabbit, 2010).

Author: Mari Schuh