Describes how various creatures use their different senses.
Children's LiteratureThe attractive and informative books in the "Spyglass Books" series that focuses on life science, earth science, and physical science follow a similar format. They open with a table of contents page and then move right into the subject. Each chapter or section features a heading in large type; words that are defined in the glossary are printed in bold. The text consists of mostly declarative sentences with pictures usually on the opposing pages. For example, "Some insects can hear sounds that humans cannot." The photographs are all labeled and appropriate to the content. The text is simple, since these books are aimed at readers in grades 1 and 2. At the end of the text there is an activity or list of fun facts. In this case after learning about the five senses and which dominate in a variety of animals, kids also learn that a butterfly tastes with its feet. The bolded words are defined; there is a resource list with a few references, which are reasonably current; references to web sites followed by an index and brief introduction to the author. 2002, Compass Point Books,
School Library JournalK-Gr 2-These texts, which consist of two to four sentences per page, are so simplistic and rambling that confusion reigns. Each spread has a full-page digital color photo, but some of the pictures are not of good quality. In both titles, unfamiliar terms are boldfaced and defined in the glossary, but not in context. In Animal Senses, the first chapter implies that some animals use senses other than the standard five. Two pages of "Fun Facts" appear at the end of the book. In Farm Friends, two of the animals seem to be all head, and the cover photo shows cows wearing bells, which is not likely in the U.S. The first chapter displays the silhouette of a 1950s vintage tractor, while the chapter on chickens features a photo of a rooster. Barn-shaped boxes with a fact and sometimes a photo are included on each text page. These volumes are not worth their shelf space.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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