This book introduces animal friendships that explain how different species (land, sea, and air) bond as friends to help each other survive. Young readers may know about anemones and clownfish, but did you know fish clean a hippo's teeth? Or that ants take care of baby aphids during the winter?
There is lots of interesting info in Amazing Animal Friendships. The clever illustrations of beloved animals - sloths, clownfish, sharks, et al - will catch young readers' eyes as they flip through the pages. They present a more "casual" (read: less science-sounding) approach to learning about symbiosis, cooperation, and mutualism.
Usually, illustrations will entice me to learn more about their "purpose" by reading the accompanying text. That wasn't the case with this book. The text not only lacks detail, but it doesn't give you much of a "lead" about where to learn more information. Very few of the bold words are included in a glossary in the back.
Which left me with the question who is this book for? The cuteness suggests lower elementary, but the text says grades 4 to 6. Skip this one.
Cute illustrations will engage readers to ask questions about how animals help each other.
This is a nonfiction picture book explaining scientific concepts.
Use this book if you are looking for an easy-to-explain description for terms such as symbiosis and mutualism.
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Skip. There are other, better books out there.