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Author: Candlewick Press

Illustrator: Sarah Young

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Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: This fold-out pocket guide showcases a dozen endangered species such as the Siberian Tiger and Iberian Lynx. There is also a glossary and world map that shows where these animals live. This is an interactive nonfiction picture book for elementary students.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 and Up

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Age of Child: Shared with a Third Grade class.

Young Reader Reaction: My friend used this book with her students as part of a classroom display and endangered animals unit and they loved it.

Adult Reader Reaction: The text was informative and the pop-up illustrations were excellent.

Pros: Not only are the illustrations excellent and the content good, you can use this book as a diorama!

Cons: Since this is a two-sided fold out, readers need to have access to both sides (six animals on each side).

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Kids who love animals will like being able to use the book as a display. Parents, homeschool parents, and teachers will also find the information engaging and valuable.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GET INSIDE THE JUNGLE   EXTREME ANIMALS: The Toughest Creatures on Earth   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: TIGERS IN TERAI (Riley's World Series®)

Educational Themes: There is lots to learn about each of these species and their habitats. To help add visual context, grab a globe or world map to locate where these animals live.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: picture book, animal stories, geography, sociology - Nonfiction

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2014

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