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 Mammal is an animal
 Author: Rockwell, Lizzy

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2017)

 Dewey: 599
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 39 p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 761543 ISBN: 9780823436705
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2


Price: $6.50

What is a mammal? And what is not a mammal? Animal classification for the very young.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 196261

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/18)
   School Library Journal (03/01/18)
   Booklist (05/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 K-Gr 2—Aimed at young students just learning the different classifications of animals, this book provides basic information about mammal characteristics and ways to identify them. Specific traits are introduced one at a time, with examples of creatures at each stage, both mammals and nonmammals, to highlight the differences. The tone of the writing is conversational and best lends itself to sharing aloud with a small group. ("Let's try this. A bullfrog is an animal. A bullfrog breathes air into its lungs. But is a bullfrog a mammal? No!") Ink-and-watercolor illustrations are detailed and complement the text nicely. Labeled drawings showcase a variety of animals both in their natural habitats and on plain white backgrounds. Captions in a different typeface provide basic facts. Additional data and reference sources are appended. VERDICT A solid option for classrooms and libraries looking for a title that has a calming narrative tone.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/01/2018 A mammal may be an animal, but “is every animal a mammal?” Not by a long shot. Rockwell refers to animals as living things “that can eat, breathe, move, and grow.” She shows what a mammal is by discussing what it isn’t. An earthworm can’t be one, because its whole body is soft. A ladybug? No, because its hard parts are on the outside: it has no skeleton. A sunfish? No, it doesn’t breathe air into lungs. A cardinal? No, it lays eggs, and “most mammals grow inside their mother’s body.” The word most avoids oversimplification, and monotremes and marsupials are introduced later. After two pages showing young mammals, the last line reads, “HEY, YOU ARE ONE TOO!” An appended section lists the traits common to all mammals, those shared by most, and those seen in just a few. Quiet, pleasing ink-and-watercolor pictures illustrate the text, and an attractive two-page classification chart shows “Life on Earth,” divided and subdivided into categories. This picture book provides young children with a simple, informative, age-appropriate introduction to mammals. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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