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Author: Tannis Bill

Illustrator: Jim Jacobson

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Publisher: Boyds Mill Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The pika is a member of the rabbit family and he is found in the Rocky Mountains. The author looks at how the little animal survives in the wild, prepares for winter, and deals with predators. Lots of color photos are used to illustrate the narrative. This nonfiction picture book introduces kids to an animal they aren't likely to encounter every day.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Reading Level: 4.2

Age of Child: Shared with a class of second-grade students.

Young Reader Reaction: My friend read this to her students and they loved it! This became an immediate “check out” for home reading book.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the overall layout of this book. It has a nice blend of information and excellent color photography.

Pros: Good pictures and an accessible, informative text make this a great nonfiction selection for new or young readers. This would be very helpful for doing a report on pikas.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Purchase one for family use and then get a second copy to give your child’s teacher.


Educational Themes: This is an excellent choice for kids who are continuing to develop their reading skills and are now starting to write about specific subjects. There are opportunities to talk about habitat, contrast/compare the pika with other kinds of rabbits, etc.

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 reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animals, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2010

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