Children's Literature - Carrie Hane HungSeashells come in many shapes and sizes. Youngsters can examine different seashells and read introductory information about them in this simple book. Each layout displays a color photograph on the left; the picture features the particular shell for the section. A few pictures have a label pointing out a specific detail. On the right side of the layout are five to nine lines of text, covering general descriptions such as shape and texture. The text is designated as guided reading level E. Some children may need an introduction or review on information text features such table of contents, headings, and index. Content words, with a pronunciation guide, are a part of the “Words to Know” feature. Additional resources (books and web sites) are located at the back of the book. In a science study unit, children will probably enjoy actually handling and viewing actual seashells. This title is one of several in the “All About Nature” series, with topics that include birds, flowers, rocks, trees, and more. There is no content consultant listed for the book or series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 5 to 7.
School Library JournalPreS-K—Simple yet engaging, these little books will be useful in the classroom. Beginning with a few lines of introduction to the topic, each spread discusses a specific species or type, nine in all. Birds includes cardinals, house sparrows, and robins; Flowers includes forget-me-nots, dandelions, and sunflowers. A large, full-color photo on the left faces four to seven sentences on the right. The subjects selected are common; they're good choices for this age group as children have a good chance at finding them in the real world, which is helpful for connecting to the material. Teachers will enjoy sharing these short books, especially if they match a curriculum topic.—Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL
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