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Booklist Review of Snake Cake

What do you get when you mix a green tree python with a red velvet layer cake? A recipe for some silly rhymes. This entry in the Read and Rhyme: Level 2 series (8 titles) takes on the –ake word family by crafting a short narrative about Jake, who bakes a cake that gets eaten by his pet…

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Garland Independent School District Review of Farm Charm: In the Field

This book takes readers to describe what they see when in a field. The left page poses the questions, “What do you see?” and the right page describes the stock photos (ex. I see cows in the field.) This books uses high-frequency words & a repetitive sentence structure. The back page…

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Booklist Review of At Home

Using simplicity and consistent text patterns, this I Spy series (8 titles) book is an effective tool for teaching early literacy skills. A series of seven two-page spreads walk readers through a house, where one object is identified in the room and then described with an adjective…

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Booklist Review of Fossils: What Dinosaurs Left Behind

Owen provides young, dinosaur-crazy children with a basic introduction to fossils and the work of paleontologists in this Dino-Sphere series (10 titles) entry. Incorporating a large font, short sentences, plentiful color photographs, and text boxes into two-page topical spreads makes…

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Bookworm for Kids Blog Review of Dinosaurs Hatched!

The fascinating world of dinosaurs and their eggs is brought to life and explained in a way appropriate for young dino enthusiasts…
The first two-page spread sets the atmosphere—cute, little dinosaur babies just breaking out of their eggs. The high quality of the worked photos throughout

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School Library Journal Review of Animals On the Move!

Cute photos serve as an appealing backdrop for this series aimed at new readers. Six spreads ask a repeated question (“What can dig?”), with the answer provided below (“A mole can dig”). The simple words are set against an engaging photograph of the featured animal demonstrating the action…

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Booklist Review of Animals That Fly

The Animals on the Move! series (6 titles) is part of Bearcubs Books, a new imprint dedicated to supporting early literacy skills. This book uses a repetitive Q&A format to support new readers and show off some of the sky’s frequent fliers. A large, vividly colored photo spans…

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Bookworm for Kids Blog Review of What Are Rocks Made Of?

Bringing rocks down to a microscopic view, this book shows what rocks are composed of and how they fit our world…
There are thousands of different types of rocks, but they have more in common than one might think. After a table of contents, the first pages dive into a basic look at rocks

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Jean Little Library Blog Review of Harpy Eagle

This new series features “Apex Predators,” from giant otters to jaguars. I received the Harpy Eagle for review…
Harpy eagles are really cool. I didn’t really learn anything new in this book, but I enjoyed revisiting these cool creatures. This rain forest eagle is one of the largest birds

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NSTA Recommends Green Anaconda

Apex Predators of the Amazon Rain Forest: Green Anaconda stands out among books about predators because of its engaging formatting and its questioning strategies that propel the reader forward through the texts. In addition, it has clear, crisp photographs that are closely paired to…

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NSTA Recommends Jaguar

Apex Predators of the Amazon Rain Forest: Jaguar stands out among books about predators because of its engaging formatting and its questioning strategies that propel the reader forward through the texts. In addition, it has clear, crisp photographs that are closely paired to the text…

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NSTA Recommends Harpy Eagle

Apex Predators of the Amazon Rain Forest: Harpy Eagle stands out among books about predators because of its engaging formatting and its questioning strategies that propel the reader forward through the texts. In addition, it has clear, crisp photographs that are closely paired to the…

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