From the Series Reptile World
In Gila Monsters, beginning readers will learn about some of this large lizard’s interesting physical features and capabilities. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they discover the exciting world of Gila monsters.
A labeled diagram helps readers identify a Gila monster’s body parts, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Gila monsters online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Gila Monsters also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
Gila Monsters is part of Jump!’s Reptile World series.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Category||Beginning Readers, STEM|
|Number of Pages||24|
Series Made Simple
Simple sentences detail the typical experiences of an animal’s day. Alligators, for example, shows the reptiles nesting, hunting, basking, and swimming and notes physical characteristics like “long claws.” Text focuses on one or two main activities, without trying to cover every aspect. Basic sentence structure and easy vocabulary provide accessibility to developing readers. Large, vivid images add high appeal and also enhance the intentionally basic text with visual cues. A close-up view of a drop of rattlesnake venom and a lively tortoise fight are just two examples. Some opposing photos of predator and prey are less successful (they are clearly separate images, but the narrative describes the animals interacting). However, for the most part, the strong visual presentation will draw readers right into the animals’ worlds. VERDICT High appeal for new readers of nonfiction.