Friday, April 10, 2015

Gray Wolves: Howling Pack Animals (Comparing Animal Traits Series) by Rebecca Hirsch –OPTIONAL

Hirsch, Rebecca Gray Wolves: Howling Pack Animals (Comparing Animal Traits Series) Lerner, 32 pages, 2015. $24.99 NON-FICTION
This book features information about the gray wolf, including habitat, diet, life cycle, and behavior. The photographs are bright and fresh, with bright page frames and text variation to add some flair to the read. The main focus, however, is on comparisons. There are numerous comparisons to other creatures, with tons of information about the other animal and a chart for visual comparison. This includes manatee, panda, red fox, and more.
This book has great cover appeal and students love to check out wolf books. However, the information about wolves is dry, unappealing, and rather sparse. Students will be confused and disappointed when they discover that the majority of the book is actually about other animals. Teachers however, required to do science units on comparisons will LOVE this book, and is a great curriculum connection for their classrooms.
EL(K-3), EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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