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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: This book is part of Disney's Wonderful World series of books. This volume introduces you to a variety of Earth's habitats, both on land and under the sea. Disney characters from “The Jungle Book” guide the young reader through forests, deserts, grasslands, mountain ranges and marine habitats in this exploration of the natural wonders of our planet. This book combines photographs and animated characters to teach kids about the earth.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 8 and Up
Interest Level: 7 and Up
Age of Child: Shared with a third grade class.
Young Reader Reaction: My friend used this with her students as an introduction to a nature unit and they enjoyed it. Many of them asked to check the book out after she read it aloud to them.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the question and answer format. The color photos and illustrations were excellent
Pros: Beautiful pictures and familiar characters will grab young readers' interests.
Cons: Keep in mind that this is only an introduction to nature so there’s much to be done after one gets an overview of the subject. Hopefully this will make the reader want to learn much, much more about all the topics introduced here.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. I’d suggest parents get this book at the library unless they are home schooling their children. Teachers and librarians will want to purchase the book.
Educational Themes: This is a book that is meant to be a launch pad to other reading and exploring.
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.