Bee or Wasp?
From the Series Spot the Differences
In Bee or Wasp?, beginning readers will learn to spot the differences between these insects. Carefully leveled text relays what the insects look like and how they fly and behave. Each page then asks readers to name which one is shown in the photo. Answers appear upside down on the bottom of each page, making reading for learning interactive and fun.
A See and Compare spread shows and labels each insect side by side, while a Quick Facts feature lists even more information about their similarities and differences. Children can learn more about bees and wasps online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Bee or Wasp? also features reading tips for teachers and parents, photo labels, a picture glossary, a table of contents, and an index.
Bee or Wasp? is part of Jump!’s Spot the Differences series.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Category||Leveled Readers, STEM|
SLJ Review of Spot the Differences
Engaging animal comparisons are presented in a question-and-answer format. Text provides simple facts about the two animals.
Readers examine the accompanying photograph, then try to identify it based on the words and image: “A frog has webbed feet. A toad does not. Which is this?” (Frog or Toad?). The accompanying photograph shows a frog with its webbed hind feet in clear view. Answers appear in smaller print, upside down, at the bottom of the page.
Sentence length and structure are generally appropriate for early readers; harder vocabulary words, such as “rosette” in Cheetah or Leopard? and “fringe” in Alligator or Crocodile? are defined in a picture glossary. Eye-catching photos do an excellent job of showing the physical features highlighted within the text. A closing “See and Compare” spread shows both animals with captions to identify key physical features, reinforcing the earlier learning.
VERDICT: Visually appealing books that successfully foster observation skills and animal knowledge.