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ANIMALS (Navigator Series)

Author: Miranda Smith

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Publisher: Kingfisher, 2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: This nonfiction picture book is filled with 3-D artwork and essential facts about a wide range of animals. The reader is invited to fly high with an osprey on a hunting flight, observe an anteater catch termites, and explore the ocean depths with a lantern fish. The author discusses how animals hunt, attract mates, raise their young and build homes. Readers are treated to a wide range of creatures in this far ranging discussion of the animal kingdom. This is a photo-illustrated book is divided into chapters with information on more than 20 species of animals.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My neighbor's son looked at this book and enjoyed it quite a lot.

Adult Reader Reaction: With 20 short chapters, the book covers a lot of ground in a cursory manner but hopefully it will whet the reader's appetite for a deeper study of these creatures.

Pros: The art is a real plus and the format is attractive enough to enable a young reader to focus on a few key snippets of information.

Cons: Don't expect a lot of detail. This is just the starting point from which to launch a much more intensive study.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book I'd rather get at the library than purchase.


Educational Themes: Use this book to introduce kids to animals they may not know about, and then encourage them to learn more by exploring other sources. This would be a good selection for reports on natural history subjects.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, picture book series

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2010

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