Armadillos

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Armadillos come out at night. Learn about these shell-covered mammals and their habitats in Armadillos.

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Armadillos come out at night. Learn about these shell-covered mammals and their habitats in Armadillos.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
The cover art on this title, as well as all of the titles in the "North American Animals" series shouts, "Read me!" Each book in the series covers the habitat, physical appearance, diet, and reproduction and birth of a North American animal. In addition, the books cover the risks to the animal's welfare in the wild. Each book is approximately 200 words in length and has been assigned a grade 1 reading level. Each book also includes small maps and full color photographs on the recto pages, some of which bleed across the page onto the verso page. Back matter includes a glossary, suggestions for further reading and research, and an index. In this title, readers learn about the armadillo. The book includes vocabulary beyond the reach of most beginning readers. Some of it is scientific (nocturnal, carapace), but none of it is amply supported in the text or illustrations, relying heavily on the use of the glossary which is written at a much higher reading level. Although the book is unlikely to work as independent reading for most students in the target range, it is well suited for shared or group reading. The photographs will be enticing to a young audience and the generous 9x12 format makes the book easy to share with even a full class. The information is given by the spoonful and the layout provides many natural places for the adult reader to pause and explain the unfamiliar vocabulary or concepts. In this capacity of shared reading, the book is a very worthwhile addition to the shelves. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Excellent-quality photography makes these books good choices for introducing young readers to animals that they might not see in the wild. The texts describe where the creatures live, what they eat, their young, and their predators. Written with short sentences in very simple terms, the books are accessible challenges for children beginning to read on their own. The photographs capture the natural environments and are well matched to the texts. The information is factual and basic. A world map shows where these animals can be found and another shows specifically where in North America they live. Photographs depict actual shots of the animals eating, such as the coyote with a mouse in its mouth or the alligator with a bird in its mouth. Each book describes how the animals stay safe and which ones they try to avoid (including humans).—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429677042
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: North American Animals Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.

Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.

Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.

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