Cheetahs

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Overview

The 21st Century Basic Skills Library helps young readers develop fluency as they learn about the world around them.

Level One books are for readers with beginning reading skills. They contain 75-100 words. Simple, short sentences using many short vowel words comprise the text. Words and illustrations are familiar to young readers. Four to six content words are included.

Level Two books are for readers with intermediate reading skills. They contain 100-150 words. Words become more challenging, but there are very few complicated word patterns. Most words and illustrations are familiar to young readers. Six to eight content words are included to expand vocabulary and reading skills.

Level Three books are for readers with independent reading skills. They contain 150-200 words. Longer sentences and more complicated word patterns comprise the text. Some words and illustrations may reach beyond background knowledge. Eight to ten content words are included to expand vocabulary and reading skills.

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Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
The world's fastest land mammal races from the pages to capture its favorite prey, and young readers, in this full-color, photo-illustrated non-fiction picture book in the "Nature's Children" series. Marsico grabs the reader's attention by opening the book with a creative narrative describing a cheetah's hunt on the savanna that shows its speed and stealth. The first chapter discusses the physical characteristics of cheetahs and why their habitats are suited to their hunting style. Chapter two details the physical adaptations that contribute to the cheetah's success as a hunter and its ability to chase prey at high speeds. The author compares certain physical features to familiar objects to help young readers better understand certain concepts, such as comparing the cheetah's semi-retractable claws to cleats on track shoes, and its long tail to a ship's rudder that is used for steering. Chapter three describes cheetahs over their lifespans, from cubs to adults. Chapter four covers the fossil record and evolution of the species, as well as a related cat, the cougar. The final chapter of the book describes the threats to cheetahs' survival and conservation efforts. Engaging photographs bring this straightforward nonfiction book to life, while fascinating details keep the text from becoming bogged down in basic facts. A fact file page before the table of contents gives scientific classification information and an overview of the habitat, physical traits, habits and diet of cheetahs. The glossary contains words featured in red print in the text, and includes a pronunciation guide and easy-to-understand definitions. The habitat map shows most of the Earth's continents and highlights the cheetahs' ranges in orange. The book does not include a list of sources, and suggestions for additional reading are limited to similar educational titles and a Scholastic-sponsored website. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531243022
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Series: Children's Press Nature's Children Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 490,810
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Cubs of Fast Cats 5

A Cheetah's Day 13

All Grown Up! 19

Find Out More 22

Glossary 22

Home and School Connection 23

Fast Facts 24

Index 24

About the Author 24

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