PreS-Gr 1–Readers who are not yet ready for Bearport’s “Amphibiana” series will enjoy this series that covers the same animals in a format that is well suited to emerging readers. Dynamic, full-page color photographs complement controlled, repetitive vocabulary, printed in a large font against solid backgrounds. Each book provides a basic overview of its subject, along with a diagram depicting its life cycle and a map indicating where it can be found. While the information and its presentation are solid, the greatest strength of these books is the photographs that indicate the breadth of color, style, and action among amphibians. Be prepared to witness many amphibian meals, too, as the authors use every available opportunity to show off the sometimes elastic, always sticky tongue shared by these creatures that lead a dual life on land and water.
Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)
Meet the Author
Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.
Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.
Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.