Richards, Jon and Simkins, Ed Record-Breaking Animals 32 pgs. Lerner, 2016. $25.00 NONFICTION
presents thirteen top 10 lists for animals. Examples are speed on land, speed
in water, loudest, longest migrations, biggest sleepers, and more. Each double
page spread features charts, scientific explanations with illustrated examples,
comparisons to humans, and a creative display of the top 10.
At first glance I
was on my usual rampage about a non-fiction book choosing to forgo photography,
but this book changed my mind. The illustrations are used creatively to present
information in a variety of ways, and photos could not accommodate that. Additionally
this book was fascinating, and I found myself reading every single scrap of
information it contained and itching to look up more information online. I even
pulled a teacher over to point out a fact I was excited about, just like I see students doing when they are really excited about something they have read. This would make
such a fun daily read-aloud for students, teachers presenting one of the top 10 lists and including videos to showcase, which would really
bring it to life. Now leave me alone, I am going to look up the top 10 loudest
animals online so I can hear what this book is talking about…..
EL(K-3), EL –ESSENTIAL Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.