Science Behind the Colors

Series of 12 titles

Why are flamingos pink? How does a blue-footed booby use its blue feet? Find these answers and more about some of nature’s most colorful creatures in Science Behind the Colors. Each book highlights a specific animal, detailing how and why the animal gets its colors, how so and if they change, and what purpose the colors serve. Bright, full-color photographs complement the carefully leveled text to make reading for understanding easy and fun. Includes diagrams, sidebars, photo labels, an activity, glossary, and index.

Title   GRL Format Qty
Cover: Blue-Footed Boobies Blue-Footed Boobies J
Cover: Chameleons Chameleons J
Cover: Flamingos Flamingos J
Cover: Mandarinfish Mandarinfish J
Cover: Poison Frogs Poison Frogs J
Cover: Sea Slugs Sea Slugs J
Cover: Cuttlefish Cuttlefish J
Cover: Frilled Lizards Frilled Lizards J
Cover: Goldfinches Goldfinches J
Cover: Mandrills Mandrills J
Cover: Parrots Parrots J
Cover: Rainbow Boas Rainbow Boas J
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Category STEM
Subject Science and Math
Copyright 2021
Publisher Jump!
Imprint Pogo Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2021-01-01
Dewey 594-599.8
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 7.5 x 9
Lexile 490-550
Guided Reading Level J
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


SLJ Review of Science Behind the Colors

Photographs in this series showcase the colors of various animals in beautiful detail. Easily understood text explains the causes of and reasons for the colors, such as camouflage, mating display, or even as a warning to enemies. Nonfiction features include labels on the photos, “Did You Know?” text boxes that offer extra details, maps, diagrams, and a glossary for helpful terms.

Tips for parents and teachers start each book by suggesting ways to help young readers with their comprehension before, during, and after reading. There is also a hands-on activity that may be done with simple materials from around the house, like coffee filters, markers, or string. And, as with all Jump! titles, readers have access to a curated list of websites through the “FactSurfer” link.

VERDICT These are a recommended purchase for any library; perfect for readers who can’t get enough animal books.

Science Behind the Colors - Reviewed by Booklist (Booklist Top Ten)

Ever wonder how animals came to possess their particular pigments? The answers to these colorful mysteries are revealed in these early readers, which take a unique approach to animals science.

Science Behind the Colors - Reviewed by Booklist

Ever wonder how animals came to possess their particular pigments? The Science behind the Colors series takes a unique approach to color in nature by offering kids simplified explanations of the how and why behind creatures’ colors. Aside from setting off a round of giggles, Blue-Footed Boobies explains that this diving bird’s feet get their bright turquoise hue from a mix of the collagen in their skin and yellow pigment from the fish they eat. Similarly, Flamingos attributes its birds’ signature pink to their diet, rich in carotenoids; the brighter the color, the healthier the bird! Jewel bright and deadly, the tiny amphibians of Poison Frogs are genetically programmed to display eye-catching patterns and colors, which act as warnings against consumption. The neon flamboyance of Sea Slugs’ star mollusks is attributed to diet or genetics, depending on the species, and helps them camouflage or signal danger (poisonous!) to predators. Excellent photos fill the books, which use short sentences, repetition, and a few advanced vocabulary words to support and challenge young readers as they learn about the animals’ diets, habitats, and life cycles. “Take a Look!” infographics and a concluding activity accommodate different learning styles, as well as introduce common nonfiction text features. Interesting and attractive, this will make a strong addition to the science shelves. —Julia Smith

Science Behind the Colors - Reviewed by School Library Journal

Bright, clear photos fill the pages of this series, while text is divided into easily digestible chunks of three or four sentences. Many of the photos have labels or small “Did You Know?” text boxes that offer additional facts. Each title also includes an infographic, such as a diagram of blue-footed boobies’ mating dance or a map of where mandarinfish live. An activity at the end of each book directs readers to research life cycles or observe how food coloring changes a stalk of celery. Those who wish to learn more may use the “Fact Surfer” website to access more resources. VERDICT An engaging series useful for lessons on animal adaptations or pleasure reading for animal lovers in general.