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Series Animal Classification Reading Level Kindergarten Interest Level K-3 ATOS 1.0 or lower Lexile 260L-320L Guided Reading Level F Copyright Year 2017 Dewey 590s ISBN 600123 Author Erica Donner Artwork Photography Publisher Jump! Imprint Bullfrog Books AR Quiz Yes Review Source School Library Journal Pages 24 Trim Size 7.75" x 7.75" Book Format Hardcover Reading Counts Points No
School Library Journal, April 2017
These primers on animal classification focus on essential characteristics of six popular groups. Most pages provide one key trait, such as “all birds have beaks.” One or two high-quality photos provide strong visual support. The fact that “insects have skeletons on the outside,” for example, becomes tangible and more memorable thanks to the image of a rhinoceros beetle that demonstrates it so clearly. A variety of species are used to portray different physical features; this also shows the wide-ranging diversity within each class (less true in Amphibians, which mostly features the frog life cycle). Inaccurate generalizations are avoided with carefully worded sentences like “most [reptiles] lay eggs” and “most fish are cold-blooded.” Principles of classification and further specifics are absent, which is the right choice for the intended age level. VERDICT Smart attention to text and image make this set just right for early elementary students.