How Do We Know It Is Winter?

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School Library Journal
11/01/2013
K-Gr 3—Through descriptive, easy texts, young readers learn how the seasons change and why, about changes in plants and animals, and how those in North America differ from those in other parts of the world. The books point out what clothing is worn at certain times of year, and what foods are popular. The page layout can seem a bit busy, but the minimal texts in a large font is accessible. The stock photographs throughout are vivid and appropriate; however some of the photographs with people look a bit staged. Suitable choices for collections needing more material on the seasons.—Nancy Jo Lambert, Ruth Borchardt Elementary, Plano, TX
Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
From the scientific explanation of why there is winter on earth to a list of clothes worn in winter, this has all the elements of a fun-to-read science book. Each winter topic, such as "When is winter?" covers two pages and includes real life photographs which include children, close-ups of animals, or landscapes. Also included with most topics is a "What do you think?" question promoting analysis. For example, "Can you think of three other animals that you see in winter that have thick fur to keep them warm?" is the question posed in the section addressing hibernation. Key words are noted in bold with a "Words to Know" glossary in the back of the book. A unique and helpful sidebar is found in the glossary which defines a noun, verb, and adjective as highlighted in the glossary. For researchers, there is also a thirteen word index at the back of the book. As an aid to teachers and curious students, there is a project suggestion called, "Winter around the world," which poses questions to guide a reader in researching and also a page of book and website resources. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778709664
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Pages: 24
  • Lexile: NC760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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