Perfect for beginning readers, this nonfiction book introduces youngsters to different aspects of life on the prairie. The author discusses unique features of prairies, as well as animals commonly found in these grassy regions (grasshoppers, badgers, antelope, bison and rabbits). Each double-page spread contains a full-color photograph on the left-hand side and one or two short sentences on the right-hand side. Throughout the book, many of the same words are repeated. In fact, the word "prairie" appears in blue on every text page. The large type, repetitive language and simple layout encourage young readers to concentrate on developing their reading skills. At the end of this resource, the author includes a glossary of "Words I Can Read," which is organized by word type (noun, plural noun, verb and adjective), and a picture and word matching game. This small volume offers a great opportunity for young kids to learn new words and explore a magnificent natural environment. Part of the "SandCastle 2 What Do You See?" series. 2001, ABDO Publishing Company, $18.50. Ages 5 to 7. Reviewer: Debra Briatico AGES: 5 6 7
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-Stunning full-color photographs make these small books attractive to beginning readers. The nine spreads in each volume include a full-page photo and one or two simple sentences of from four to nine words. ("This is a desert. It is dry and sandy.") Various plants and animals are featured as well as scenes of the landform. Words are listed by parts of speech at the back of the book, but the intended audience is too young to understand the concept of nouns and adjectives. While the amount of information provided is minimal, these books will be useful in libraries and classrooms looking for nonfiction titles for new readers.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.