Spring 2023

Spot the Differences

Series of 8 titles

Can you spot the differences? Readers will learn to distinguish common animals while learning about their appearances, habitats, and behaviors with this fun, interactive series! Carefully leveled text relays information about both animals and asks readers to name which is shown in the photos. Answers appear upside down on the bottom of each page, making reading for learning easy and fun. A See and Compare feature shows both animals side by side, labeling their body parts so readers can easily compare their physical similarities and differences, while a Quick Facts feature lists information about each animal's size, behavior, and habitat. Each book also includes picture labels, reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, an index, and a picture glossary.

Title   GRL Format Qty
Cover: Alligator or Crocodile? Alligator or Crocodile? New! Spring 2022 E
Cover: Bee or Wasp? Bee or Wasp? New! Spring 2022 E
Cover: Butterfly or Moth? Butterfly or Moth? New! Spring 2022 E
Cover: Cheetah or Leopard? Cheetah or Leopard? New! Spring 2022 E
Cover: Frog or Toad? Frog or Toad? New! Spring 2022 E
Cover: Rabbit or Hare? Rabbit or Hare? New! Spring 2022 E
Cover: Turtle or Tortoise? Turtle or Tortoise? New! Spring 2022 E
Cover: Wolf or Coyote? Wolf or Coyote? New! Spring 2022 E
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Kindergarten
Category New!, STEM
Subject Animals, Science and Math
Copyright 2022
Publisher Jump!, Inc.
Imprint Bullfrog Books
Language English
Publication Date 2023-01-01
BISACS JNF003250, JNF003120, JNF051150
Dewey 595.7-599.773
Graphics Full-color photographs
Lexile 220-350
Guided Reading Level E
ATOS Reading Level 0.9-1.0
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


SLJ Review of Spot the Differences

Engaging animal comparisons are presented in a question-and-answer format. Text provides simple facts about the two animals. Readers examine the accompanying photograph, then try to identify it based on the words and image: “A frog has webbed feet. A toad does not. Which is this?” (Frog or Toad?). The accompanying photograph shows a frog with its webbed hind feet in clear view.

Answers appear in smaller print, upside down, at the bottom of the page. Sentence length and structure are generally appropriate for early readers; harder ­vocabulary words, such as “rosette” in ­Cheetah or ­Leopard? and “fringe” in Alligator or Crocodile? are defined in a picture glossary. ­Eye-catching photos do an excellent job of showing the physical features highlighted within the text. A closing “See and Compare” spread shows both animals with captions to identify key physical features, reinforcing the earlier learning.

VERDICT: Visually appealing books that successfully foster observation skills and animal knowledge.

Author: Jamie Rice