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FLAMINGOS (All Aboard Science Reader, 2)

Author: Jean M. Malone

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Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap,

Material: paperback

Summary: This photo-illustrated easy reader offers kids a lot of factual information about flamingos. Learn about their physical traits, what they eat, how they communicate, and where they live. This is a nonfiction book for new readers.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 3

Age of Child: Read by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My second grader liked looking at the pictures, but every couple pages would ask "do I have to keep reading?"

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fascinating book, and I was surprised that my daughter didn't like it because she loves animal books. The text and photos are well balanced, with some pages having just a sentence and others having a full page of text (right next to a big picture on the other page).

Pros: Beautiful pictures add to this nonfiction book for new readers. This is an excellent way to introduce animal species and habitat.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book that is probably best suited for the school or public library. It's nice to read, but not a "treasured story."

If You Liked This Book, Try: AMAZING DOLPHINS (I Can Read! Series)   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: AMAZON RIVER RESCUE (Riley's World Series®)   BIRD, BUTTERFLY, EEL

Educational Themes: This is all about flamingos, and there is plenty to discover about their habits and characteristics. With more advanced readers you can expand the learning to contrast/compare flamingos with other birds and humans, too.

Notes: This publisher sent a copy of this book as part of the 2009-2010 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards (Cybils) process. It will be donated to a reader in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - easy reader, science, animals, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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