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|Animal book : a collection of the fastest, fiercest, toughest, cleverest, shyest-- and most surprising-- animals on Earth|
Author: Jenkins, Steve
In this exploration of the natural world, readers learn all about the extraordinary animals who share our planet.
Common Core Standards
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating Complexity, Quality, & Range of
Grade 3 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 4.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 4.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 4 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/13)
School Library Journal (10/01/13)
Booklist (+) (10/01/13)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (12/13)
The Hornbook (+) (00/01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2013 Gr 2–6—Jenkins draws from his earlier books to craft this richly detailed work with handsome cut- and torn-paper illustrations. Numerous animal facts are organized into seven topical chapters. A few extinct animals are included. Chapters offer information about animal families, senses, predators, defenses, and extremes, and about life from an evolutionary perspective. Material within each chapter is presented in segments that average two pages in length and consist of a descriptive paragraph, several colorful illustrations that vary in size, and detailed captions. Each chapter concludes with a related chart or graph. Some text in the "Timeline of animal life" is lost in the book's gutter, and the "How many eyes do animals have?" chart notes that wasps have five eyes but the corresponding illustration only shows four. Jenkins's artwork is recognizable from earlier works; for example, the giant squid eye and Siberian tiger spreads found in Actual Size (Houghton Harcourt, 2004) are replicated here. A lengthy alphabetically arranged, appended section includes even more animal details paired with tiny artwork. The book has a useful table of contents. Tucked between the glossary and bibliography, which includes materials published between 1951 and 2010, is a welcome section on Jenkins's bookmaking process. The closing page showcases the works from which material included here has been taken. With so much to look at, this attractive browsing book will fascinate children thirsty for animals facts. Students doing reports on a specific animal will need to consult other resources.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 12/01/2013 In this ambitious work Jenkins moves beyond nature picture books to a more comprehensive look at animal life in general, in a size and format to entice browsers, report writers, and voracious readers alike. Material is organized in seven chapters, covering animal taxonomy, family life, senses, predators, defenses, “extreme” traits, and evolution. Subheadings guide researchers quickly to their topic of choice, but the chunks of text are short enough to encourage kids to complete entire sections. Arrays of cut-paper collage animals with short annotations fill most spreads, but each chapter also boasts a double-page spread with a visual surprise (e.g., a swarm of termites, an oversized close-up of an exploding Malaysian ant, a startling life-sized view of a Siberian tiger’s face), as well as at least one chart or diagram that allows readers to compare relevant information for the topic. An excellent glossary is included, along with a lengthy section of “More Animal Facts,” alphabetically organized into a sort of mini encyclopedia. The most clever bonus item, though, is a collaged section on how Jenkins makes his books, from concept, through research, writing, revision, and illustration, to completion. This will be an ideal holiday gift for kids who love animals or who love Steve Jenkins books-and that amounts to a lot of kids. EB - Copyright 2013 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.