Series of 17 titles
Insects are the most numerous and diverse animal class on Earth, with over 1 million species identified. Each type is adapted to its surroundings with unique behavior and body parts. Start simple, by introducing kids to the world of insects with beautiful photography and easy-to-read text featuring familiar backyard species.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||7.75 x 7.75|
|Guided Reading Level||E|
|ATOS Reading Level||0.8-0.9|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents|
Series Made Simple
Excellent photographs support basic information written at a beginning reader level. Titles focus on a few key areas, such as wasps’ nests and stingers, rather than trying to cover too much for new readers to absorb. Most books describe the activities of a single insect, though different species are depicted in the photos. Many images provide strong visual details that will leave an impression, such as an egg-laying moth and a dragonfly munching on a bee. In most but not all cases, photographs directly support the written text. Language is deliberately easy to understand, and the author has kept the earliest readers in mind, so simplifications such as skipping the larva and pupa stage of the mosquito’s life cycle are acceptable. Kids can find plenty more details in other books, but in many ways these are ideal for those making that first step into independent nonfiction reading.
Series Made Simple
Highly engaging photography supports basic information, making this set a good fit for preschoolers and new readers. Short, simple sentences offer readability rather than drama; the excitement comes from the crystal-clear photographs. Large main images include full-body views and extreme close-ups that highlight different features of each insect. In Grasshoppers, for example, an up-close photo of a spitting grasshopper is followed by a riveting view of the insect’s takeoff, and another page turn captures it in mid-flight. Sequences in which larger animals threaten insects are less successful, since no true interaction is shown in the photos. For the most part, though, the use of minimal text and carefully selected, high-quality photographs is just right for the intended audience. VERDICT Wonderful choices for this age group.
Library Media Connection (Gregory A. Martin)
Star Review. This new series provides young children an outstanding introduction to the world of insects. The carefully selected full-page illustrations, drawn from many different sources, are extremely well-done, close-up photographs of each insect, portraying their activities and the different stages of their lives. The design of the books is especially attractive and well-organized, and the text is appropriate for the intended audience. Not only are these books an excellent introduction to insects, they would also be an excellent tool for teaching young children about the parts of a book. Children will certainly enjoy these colorful, factually accurate books. Glossary. Websites. Table of Contents. Index