What's the Difference? An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story

What's the Difference? An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story

by Suzanne Slade
     
 

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You can celebrate thehuge differencecaring peoplemakefor endangered animals while you practicesubtraction skills. In thissequel toher popular addition title, What's New at the Zoo?, Slade presentsa newsubtraction problem in each clever rhyming verse.The colorful watercolors include realistic animals set in lush spreads by illustrator, Joan Waites.So join in the…  See more details below

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You can celebrate thehuge differencecaring peoplemakefor endangered animals while you practicesubtraction skills. In thissequel toher popular addition title, What's New at the Zoo?, Slade presentsa newsubtraction problem in each clever rhyming verse.The colorful watercolors include realistic animals set in lush spreads by illustrator, Joan Waites.So join in the celebrationof our world's precious animals with this exciting title, and have fun practicing math skills along the way! The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes: Endangered Animal Vocabulary, Food Chains and Webs, Missing Links in Food Chains, Endangered Animals, and Fact Families.

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607180814
Publisher:
Sylvan Dell Publishing
Publication date:
03/10/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,128,525
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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