Predators (Insiders Series)


Track Down Predators

INsiders brings predators to life, with the most up-to-date information and state-of-the-art 3-D illustrations that practically leap off every page, stimulating minds and imaginations in a whole new way.

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Track Down Predators

INsiders brings predators to life, with the most up-to-date information and state-of-the-art 3-D illustrations that practically leap off every page, stimulating minds and imaginations in a whole new way.

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Editorial Reviews

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Double-page spreads and eye-catching, state-of-the-art illustrations that seem to jump out at you are just some of the alluring features of Simon & Schuster's Insiders series. The three-dimensional quality of the interior is prefigured by each book's vivid embossed, metallic cover. But this book isn't just glitz and pictures: it covers the subject in detail. Appealing graphics; memorable factoids.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
The bold, glossy cover of this book will attract young students. A sharp-toothed tiger seems to pop out at the reader. Facts about the food chain point out that although we mostly think of predators as those large creatures such as tigers, sharks, and owls, many tiny animals fit into that category as well. Killers of the past include the Giganotosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus and the pictures of the dinosaurs are clear and detailed. A two-page spread offers pictures and stories about those animals which have become extinct, such as the Dodo and Colobus monkey. The often amazing defensive ploys of creatures targeted as prey are also shown. The whole concept of predator and prey will pique readers' interests. The book is chock-full of amazing, full-color photographs and illustrations. In addition, the chapter breakdown will aid students in understanding the subject. Part of the " INsiders" series. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8- The pages of these striking volumes offer bits and pieces of information rather than running textual paragraphs. The language is straightforward and easy to understand, but the use of clever heads and subheads throughout may be lost on or misconstrued by many readers. For instance, beside a micrograph depicting mitosis, the heading is "Divide and conquer"; near a brief explanation of blocked arteries is the subhead, "Broken hearted." In Predators , a brief discussion of the pitcher plant is titled, "False promise pitfall," and "River of no return" is the heading for a caption of one of the Amazon River's tributaries. Not intended to be textbooks, these vividly illustrated titles are supplemental materials through which students can be introduced to terms and concepts. On the pages that depict, for instance, the bionic body, a cornea transplant is described in this way: "This is when a damaged cornea is replaced with one from another human." The format and style of the books are outstanding. For reproduction, both male and female organs are presented as entities unto themselves. "Life begins" depicts the progressive formation of a human embryo in a clear and sensitive way. Given the craftsmanship in design and illustration, plus the controlled presentation of information, these titles are worthwhile choices for most collections.-Sheila Fiscus, Our Lady of Peace School, Erie, PA

Kirkus Reviews
One of a new nonfiction series that really goes for the visual gusto, this sports a shiny, embossed close-up cover image of a tiger leaping to the attack, a spider and a python chowing down on the first two page turns, and then an extensive gallery of like creatures on the hunt. All are rendered with digitally generated photo-realism in simplified action settings. The succession of single-topic spreads first takes readers through food chains and the tools and techniques of animal and plant predators. A second section, dubbed "In Focus," offers closer looks at types of predators, from cats to birds of prey, and then peers into rain forests ("River of No Return"), deserts (meet the sidewinder: "Heat Seeking Missile") and other habitats. The information, presented on each spread in a block of narrative and a flurry of captions, takes a small step above Eyewitness Book level, and for all the pouncing and crunching in the art there are but a few flecks of gore to be seen. The wonderfully lurid graphics guarantee crowds of browsers for this and other volumes in the series, such as Linda Calabresi's Human Body ($16.99, 978-1-4169-3861-3)-but there's enough fact to nourish young scientists too. (summary chart, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416938637
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Insiders Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 276,989
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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