From the Series My First Pet
In Gerbils, early readers will learn all about the responsibilities of having a gerbil and find out how they can keep their pet healthy and happy. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they discover what it takes to be a pet owner.
A labeled diagram helps readers understand what a gerbil needs, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about pet gerbils online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Gerbils also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
Gerbils is part of Jump!’s My First Pet series.
|Kindergarten - Grade 3
|Beginning Readers, STEM
Series Made Simple
Appealing photographs are the highlight of these introductory pet books. Simple tips are woven into the text, describing what kids can do for their critters. For instance, in Snakes, “Snakes need to shed. Aidan [a boy] puts out rocks. Jack [a snake] rubs on them.” Names are usually included for both humans and animals: some children are shown in photos, while others are only mentioned in the text, which may challenge budding readers. Not to be confused with care guides, these titles do not include breed details, specific care procedures, and any downsides to pet ownership. Final images show a budding human-animal relationship in an especially endearing pose, supporting the closing comment that pets are cool. VERDICT Consider for preschool collections in need of light, basic pet introductions.