Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jim Arnosky's Birthday

Jim Arnosky is an amazing author - that's all I can say to prepare you for the three following reviews!

Arnosky, Jim.
I See Animals Hiding.
Scholastic, Inc.
Guided Reading Level: M

Summary from Amazon:

Arnosky describes the ways animals in nature camouflage themselves to escape danger. He explains how protective coloration helps woodcocks, owls, and moths stay hidden; how seasonal changes in the fur of weasels and snowshoe hares aid in concealment; and how the body shapes of speckled trout, snakes, and bittern assist them in blending in with their environments.

This book is perfect for any science-loving child! The focus on camouflage as a means of protection makes this ideal for use in a science curriculum. Not only are the animals within camouflaged in their natural environments, Arnosky invites readers to try and locate different things/objects on each page... it's interactive all in itself!

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Arnosky, Jim.
Every Autumn Comes the Bear.
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Guided Reading Level: H

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

Every autumn a bear shows up behind the farm, and goes through a series of routines before finding a den among the hilltop boulders where he sleeps all winter long.

This book is a perfect introduction to animals that hibernate. It doesn't go into any great detail, just shares with readers that bears go to sleep for the entire winter. I would use this book as a springboard to encourage children in thinking of how animals can sleep all winter long...

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Arnosky, Jim.
Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats.
Aladdin Paperbacks.

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

Crinkleroot is an expert at finding animals because he knows where to look for them. In his jeep Crinkleroot covers a lot of ground, spotting over eighty different wildlife species in wetlands, woodlands, grasslands, drylands, and more. Along the way, readers will learn tips for finding wildlife in their own neck of the woods.

These books by Arnosky are so full of scientific information! I love them and will certainly be remembering them when I have my own classroom! I think your kids will love this one just as much as the first two - Crinkleroot takes readers on an educational journey without making it seem like reading/learning! Many kids need this, especially if they aren't comfortable with themselves as readers! Animal habitats is a topic that's likely to capture attention immediately - almost all kids love animals! Definitely check out this book in the Crinkleroot series!

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If you're interested in finding out more information about any of the books reviewed or if you'd like to purchase the books, click the cover image for a link to Amazon.com.