No, we're not going to tell you the answer!

Summary:

Kids have lots of questions about the natural world. This book covers the globe (ocean, land, and see) and features both domesticated animals and wild ones to answer them. Dispelling old wives tales and explaining facts, 17 of kids' most frequently asked questions are answered.


Parent Perspective:
I have to say, this book surprised me. At first glance, the pages looked too busy, and the cover wasn't appealing. Both of those things are true, but the content is exceptional. Here you'll find not only the questions kids (and adults) ask, but complementary content that will pique their curiosity a little more.

The book is designed for middle grade (5th to 8th grade), but younger kids will definitely be interested in the content. If they love animal facts, then find this book to share. It is perfect for reluctant readers and anyone who wants to be able to pick their own way of reading a book.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who have LOTS of questions and love animal trivia will have plenty to explore in this slim, non-fiction book. Reluctant readers will enjoy the fact that each question is answered within a highly illustrated, two-page spread. PLUS they can read whatever they want, in whatever order strikes their fancy.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. This is a book about nature, and not everything is "pretty."


Type of Book:
This slim nonfiction chapter book answers nearly 20 questions that kids most often ask about animals.
Educational Themes:

The answer to each of the 17 questions is accompanied by additional information related to the topic. For example, in learning that camels don't store water, readers learn about two types of camels. Some questions add geography, others add habitat, and yet others compare/contrast sizes. Your reader will likely be intrigued by one of these insets ... tap into it and keep exploring through other resources.

Reading Level:
5.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, for sure. If you have a reluctant reader, this is the perfect book for leaving on the coffee table. It WILL be picked up.

Title Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?: And Other Questions about Animals
About

Is That a Fact?

Author Buffy Silverman
Publisher Lerner Classroom, Imprint Leraner Publishing Group © 2010
Illustrators Colin Thompson
ISBN 9780822590835
Material Paperback
Cost $5.65
Genres Nature, Science, Animal (Nonfiction)
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