What's the Difference? An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story

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In Suzanne Slade's latest book, What's the Difference?, you can celebrate the huge difference caring people make for endangered animals while you practice subtraction skills. In this sequel to her popular addition title, What's New at the Zoo?, Slade presents a new subtraction problem in each clever rhyming verse. The colorful watercolors include realistic animals set in lush spreads by illustrator, Joan Waites. So join in the celebration of our world's precious animals in this exciting new title, and have fun ...
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Overview

In Suzanne Slade's latest book, What's the Difference?, you can celebrate the huge difference caring people make for endangered animals while you practice subtraction skills. In this sequel to her popular addition title, What's New at the Zoo?, Slade presents a new subtraction problem in each clever rhyming verse. The colorful watercolors include realistic animals set in lush spreads by illustrator, Joan Waites. So join in the celebration of our world's precious animals in this exciting new title, and have fun practicing math skills along the way!

Reviewed by: ALA Social Responsibility Roundtable, Homeschool Book Review, Feathered Quill Book Review

4-6 pg For Creative Minds educational section in the back
40-60 pg cross-curricular Teaching Activities and 3 Interactive Quizzes available free on the book’s homepage
eBooks with Auto-Flip, Auto-Read and selectable English and Spanish text and audio
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This picture book seems to have two goals: helping younger readers become aware of currently or recently endangered species and learning subtraction. Short, four-line stanzas connect with both the subtraction fact and the realistic illustrations found throughout the text. As the adult reader, however, the real interest comes from the boxed information on each set of pages that provides specific information about each animal that is or has been on the endangered species list. The author's choice in what she shares in these sections provide specifics describing how the animal came to be endangered and how various protections have allowed the species to "come back," sometimes to the point of being taken off the endangered list. An additional feature of this text are the related website that provide—in English or in Spanish—related vocabulary, lists of animals on the endangered list, and teaching activities for language arts, science, math, and geography. This is a strong series in terms of the supporting information for readers who want to know more about everything from the American crocodile to Karner blue butterflies, West Indian manatees to Mississippi gopher frogs. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—More than math concepts are explored in this picture book that combines subtraction with animal facts. Each spread features rhyming text about an endangered animal, a math problem, and a useful paragraph explaining why the featured animal is/was endangered. "Six silly prairie dogs/frolic most the day. One guards the colony./How many dogs at play?" is matched with "6-1 = ?" Twelve animals are explored in this fashion, and the text culminates with the explanation that it is up to "kind, caring people" to help the creatures survive. In fact, each muted watercolor illustration features a person somewhere on the spread. The book concludes with a "For Creative Minds" section that contains "Endangered Animal Vocabulary," "Food Chains & Webs," "Missing Links in Food Chains," and questions that can be answered by reading the text.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This picture book seems to have two goals: helping younger readers become aware of currently or recently endangered species and learning subtraction. Short, four-line stanzas connect with both the subtraction fact and the realistic illustrations found throughout the text. As the adult reader, however, the real interest comes from the boxed information on each set of pages that provides specific information about each animal that is or has been on the endangered species list. The author's choice in what she shares in these sections provide specifics describing how the animal came to be endangered and how various protections have allowed the species to "come back," sometimes to the point of being taken off the endangered list. An additional feature of this text are the related website that provide—in English or in Spanish—related vocabulary, lists of animals on the endangered list, and teaching activities for language arts, science, math, and geography. This is a strong series in terms of the supporting information for readers who want to know more about everything from the American crocodile to Karner blue butterflies, West Indian manatees to Mississippi gopher frogs. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607180814
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 309,111
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Slade (What's the Difference?, Spring 2010, What's New at the Zoo?, and Animals are Sleeping) is the author of over 80 books for children. Her works include picture books, biographies, as well as many non-fiction titles about animals, sports, insects, planets, and various science topics. One of her favorite parts of the writing process is researching and learning about new topics. Ms. Slade lives near Chicago with her husband, Mike, two children, and their tiny dog, Corduroy.
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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Will appeal to a wide age range of children

    Beautiful blue Karner butterflies flit among the lupines on a beach dune as two children frolic nearby in the sands. These insects once lived in an assortment of habitats, but "these habitats are now rare" and this species has been added to the endangered species list. People are trying to help in as many ways as they can to supplement and restore their habitats. There are many reasons that animals become threatened or endangered. Sometimes, as in the case of the spotted Mississippi gopher frog, their habitat was destroyed when people came in and cut down the "longleaf pine forest homes" where they thrived. Animal populations become depleted when their habitats become polluted, or when they are over-hunted or fished. When people become aware of the dire consequences to our wildlife population, a bit of knowledge can go a long way in helping them!

    In this book you'll be able to take a look at a dozen species people are banding together to save. These include the gray bat, the whooping crane, the American crocodile, the red wolf, the Mississippi gopher frog, the Southern sea otter, the Utah prairie dog, the bald eagle, the West Indian manatee, the Karner blue butterfly, the Atlantic salmon and the Bowhead whale. Each of these creatures is carefully, but briefly discussed in an offset sidebar. A subtraction problem to solve and a poem is included on a two-page spread. "Eight graceful butterflies / soaring way up high- / three stop to rest their wings, / How many in the sky?" You will learn how many of these creatures became endangered, what is being done to protect and keep them safe, and in some cases, you'll find out if their numbers have increased.

    This storybook format is a nice way to introduce the concept of threatened and endangered species to the young child. For the older child, there is the extra little challenge of a subtraction example. The sidebar material that discusses the animal could be read by the more confident reader, but is probably of more use to the parent or teacher who can use it for read and discussion purposes in the homeschool or classroom setting. Each and every one of these fascinating creatures could be further explored in a report by an elementary school student. The artwork is beautiful and very appealing. In the back of the book is an expanded activity section with an "Endangered Animal Vocabulary," a brief discussion on "Food Chains & Webs," a pyramid style illustrating the results of a disturbed or disrupted habitat, an "Endangered Animals" quiz based on the text, and additional simple number problems. Additional teaching/learning resources for this book can be found on the Sylvan Dell Publishing website.

    Quill says: This introduction to endangered species will appeal to and be of interest to a wide age range of children!

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