From the Series Science Behind the Colors

In this book, early fluent readers will learn how mandrills get their colorful rumps and faces and how their colors help them attract mates, establish rank in their troops, and camouflage in their forested homes. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about mandrills, their habitat, behaviors, and science behind their amazing, bright colors.

An infographic aids understanding, and an activity offers readers an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about mandrills using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Mandrills also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.

Mandrills is part of Jump!'s Science Behind the Colors series.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Category STEM
Subject Animals, Science and Math
Copyright 2022
Publisher Jump!, Inc.
Imprint Pogo Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2022-01-01
BISACS JNF003010, JNF003140, JNF051050
Dewey 599.8
Dimensions 7.5 x 9
Lexile 530
Guided Reading Level J
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


Booklist Review of Science Behind the Colors

The eye-catching Science behind the Colors series uses pigment and patterns as an inroad into studying some of the animal king- dom’s most curiously colorful creatures. Each title is broken into short chapters, with only a few sentences per page, that explain how each creature’s colors aid in its survival and biological processes.

Cuttlefish presents various types of this mollusk, which can change color and texture in order to camouflage or hunt. Mandrills introduces this west African baboon, its bright rump, and relevant social habits. Parrots flaunts a number of these flamboyant birds and the messages displayed in their feathers, while Rainbow Boas shows how beautiful snakes can be with their prismatic scales.

The text is simple but ef fective, respecting readers enough to introduce terms like pigment, testosterone, and epidermis. Clean, accommodating layouts and an appropriately colorful design make this series quite reader friendly, but the headlining event is unquestionably the engaging, attractive animal photography that fills each book’s pages.

The main text is supported by fact boxes and back matter including a glossary, index, further resources, and illustrative activities that can be done with mostly household items. A solid choice for all collections, sure to please animal lovers while also providing enough specificity to serve as a resource for young researchers.

—Ronny Khuri 

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.

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Mandrills - Science Behind the Colors

A mandrill’s bright colors stand out in its forest home. Notice how you see color from a distance with this activity! View available downloads →