From the series "Animals on the Farm" comes this delightful early reader all about pigs on the farm. Young readers will learn that pigs squeal, that they are called sows and boars, and that they roll in mud to stay cool. The large font on the right-hand side of the pages helps early readers to understand the text. The beautiful photographs on the left-hand side of the page also help in the understanding of the text. Words are repeated so that the reader can visually recognize them, learn the meaning of each word and then recognize it the second time it is on the page. This 24-page book also contains a table of contents, an index, an Internet resources section, a further reading section, and a glossary of terms to learn. 2002, Capstone Press,
PreS-Gr 2-These books for early readers have one or two sentences per page, opposite a supporting full-color photograph. Sentences state one basic fact about the animal. For example, "Most chickens live indoors on large farms." The next page offers another fact. "Some chickens live in coops on small farms." The accompanying photos show many chickens inside a large poultry shed and a few hens inside a small coop, respectively. Repetition of specific words and phrases is designed to help beginning readers. While there's not a wealth of information here (each book contains about a dozen facts), the titles are accurate and easy to understand. The table of contents is simplified and limited as a useful tool. The glossary definitions are more difficult than the basic texts and will require adult assistance. The additional reading list and Internet sites are appropriate for young readers. The strength of these books is their accurate representation in words and pictures. Beginning readers will enjoy these titles independently, and preschoolers will also appreciate the basic facts and bright photos.- Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.