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Children's LiteratureUsing a variety of clear photographs taken in the wild and a minimal text, the books in this series convey information in ways young readers can understand. Pictures match the text and where sizes are given, apt comparisons are offered: the size of a football or a dime, for instance, with both the baby animal, or a sea urchin looks like a pin cushion, and the comparison pictured. Each double page spread begins with a question to help young readers focus or to form their own questions. Text covers appearance, food, movement, size of babies, and use of spines, and close-ups show features such as teeth, eggs, or pouches. A small and easy quiz rewards vigilance and a picture glossary also tells page numbers where information can be located which is also repeated in an index. This book is part of the "Tiny-Spiny Animals" book series in the "Read and Learn" library. 2004, Heinemann Library, Ages 5 to 8.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.