Spot the Differences
Series of 8 titles
Can you spot the differences? Readers will learn to distinguish common animals while learning about their appearances, habitats, and behaviors with this fun, interactive series! Carefully leveled text relays information about both animals and asks readers to name which is shown in the photos. Answers appear upside down on the bottom of each page, making reading for learning easy and fun. A See and Compare feature shows both animals side by side, labeling their body parts so readers can easily compare their physical similarities and differences, while a Quick Facts feature lists information about each animal’s size, behavior, and habitat. Each book also includes picture labels, reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, an index, and a picture glossary.
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.