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What Animals Eat (Kingfisher Readers Series: Level 2)

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What's for dinner? This book starts with this essential question and then goes on to examine the diets of sixteen different animals from elephants and giraffes to sharks, woodpeckers, and even humans. The concept of carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore are all introduced and then reinforced throughout with symbols for each animal. The book concludes with an explanation of food chains in three different environments. More challenging vocabulary is highlighted throughout, and the art and text work together seamlessly...

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Overview

What's for dinner? This book starts with this essential question and then goes on to examine the diets of sixteen different animals from elephants and giraffes to sharks, woodpeckers, and even humans. The concept of carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore are all introduced and then reinforced throughout with symbols for each animal. The book concludes with an explanation of food chains in three different environments. More challenging vocabulary is highlighted throughout, and the art and text work together seamlessly to help readers develop increased confidence in their reading skills.

LEVEL 2 – BEGINNING TO READ ALONE (green)
The language at this level will be mainly short and simple sentences, with straightforward vocabulary and punctuation. Includes simple glossary.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
On the cover, a brown rabbit with very large ears appears to be nibbling grass. The initial pages introduce herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores with an example of each type of animal. The first section concentrates on herbivores among the largest of which is the elephant. It eats grass, twigs, fruit, and tree bark. Giraffes are another type of herbivore and they can reach up very high to eat the leaves at the top of tall trees. Cows chew plants and grass as do sheep and goats. The common squirrel eats nuts and so squirrels are also herbivores. The next section which is identified by a red circle with the bone in it introduces a number of carnivores. One of the larger and more ferocious carnivores is the lion. Sharks; eagles, which are called a birds of prey; frogs; and spiders are all carnivores. Next, we meet the omnivores which include people as people eat meat and plants. Monkeys, bears, seagulls, and woodpeckers are all part of this category. The closing pages describe food chains. The first starts with the sun, which makes plants grow, and then demonstrates that certain animals (herbivores) eat plants and that bigger animals (carnivores) eat the smaller animals. There is also an example of the food chains in the forest as well as the grasslands and the sea. The glossary defines seven terms. The illustrations are full-color and excellent photographs of the animals are set on crisp, white pages. According to the publisher, Kingfisher readers offer an exciting series developed with literacy experts to support and encourage young readers. Each book features clear, appealing text and illustrations packed with information about favorite nonfiction topics. This level 2 book is aimed at those children who are beginning to read alone. The sentences are longer, engaging pictures help readers understand the text, and there are page headings and a simple glossary. There is a note to parents on the inside cover to assist with before, during, and after reading activities. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753467596
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Series: Kingfisher Readers Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,078,989
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Series editor, Heather Morris, is a former BBC schools publisher.

UK literacy consultant, Hilary Horton, is a senior literacy adviser for Camden Council, London

Series authors have also written readers for Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Primary Literacy, DK Readers, Heinemann English Readers and Clifford and Disney Readers.

US series editor, Thea Feldman, is the author of over 100 children’s books, including several Clifford and Disney Readers. Additionally she has written and edited several My Readers MCPG (US). She is a former editorial director at Scholastic.

US literacy consultant, Ellie Costa, is one of the US’s foremost literacy specialists. She teaches at Bank Street College of Education

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