In a snowy forest, a small animal with pure white fur is munching on evergreen branches. It is a snowshoe hare. When it’s time to move on, the hare hops over the forest floor with ease. Its huge feet act like snowshoes and keep it from sinking in as it moves along the snow-covered ground. Its white coat helps it blend in with its snowy habitat, keeping it safe from predators.
Filled with information perfectly suited to the abilities and interests of its primary-grade audience, this colorful, fact-filled volume gives readers a chance not only to learn all about snowshoe hares and how their bodies are adapted to the extreme cold, but also to develop their powers of observation and critical thinking. Built-in activities, such as guessing how a snowshoe hare stays camouflaged when the snow melts in spring and finding objects that weigh the same amount as a baby hare, give readers a chance to gain insights beyond the facts and figures.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Series||Arctic Animals: Life Outside the Igloo|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||10 x 8|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.8|
|Guided Reading Level||M|
|Lexile Reading Level||610|
|Scholastic Reading Counts Level||4.4|
|AR Quiz Number||172001|
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Each book in this attractive series contains information on where the animal lives, what it eats, physical features, how it adapts and communicates, and more. Narrative nonfiction text is written as a high-interest story that brings the reader into the daily life of the animal’s world. The illustrations are striking, and captioned in a word bubble format to engage the beginning or reluctant reader/researcher. Books include nonfiction text features such as maps and lists resources for more information on the subject. This series is a worthwhile addition to the elementary library.
Kids may or may not have heard of the snowshoe hare, but they will certainly be intrigued by what they learn in this compact title, part of the Arctic Animals: Life outside the Igloo series. A fine example of an animal suited to his surroundings, the hare has a snow-white coat in the winter that sheds in the spring to become brown for better camouflage. The hare’s large feet also help him hop away from predators. The book includes information about the hare’s home, diet, and life cycle. Text and small photos are mostly set against ice-blue pages, but there are also several full-page color photos of the cute critter. Facts are simply but effectively presented in running text, captions, and boxes. Kids will learn a lot here, and the interesting back matter, including a camouflage quiz, will spur them onward.
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