Children's Literature - Phyllis KennemerYoung readers will learn interesting facts about animals as they share a cozy experience with a caring adult. The parent is encouraged to read the text on the left side of the book, and the child reads the page on the right. The adult text has words and sentence structures that are a bit more difficult than those for the child. Key words appear in bold print on both pages, offering opportunities for discussion of important concepts. Some of the animals included are bears, wild mustangs, bison, deer, wolves, bobcats, raccoons, and chipmunks. Cardinals, owls, hummingbirds, turkeys, and bald eagles are among the birds featured. Each two-page spread stands alone with no discernable relationship to the others around it and no clear organizational pattern for the book. Each illustration is a work of art showing the animals in their natural habitats with glowing colors and intriguing details. A page in the front offers tips and advice to adults for sharing the book with children. This book, from the "We Both Read" series, would be a good choice for emerging readers who have mastered the basics of phonics. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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