Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Scanorama Deadly Predators by Anna Claybourne -OPTIONAL

Claybourne, Anna Scanorama Deadly Predators, 30 pages. Silver Dolphin (Quarto), 2016.  $19. 

This interactive book contains a ton of information about a wide variety of animal predators. It groups them mainly by species: Cats, Wolves and Dogs, Sharks, Sea Mammals, Repties, and Birds, and more. Most of the facts are little blurbs and interesting things, and some lift the tab images. Some pages have a list of typical prey or how they size up to a human. The big draw here is the four interactive x-ray pages that allow readers to see the bones of various creatures by moving a slider.

I rated this book as optional only because integrative books tend to get trashed easily especially in a library situation. I do think students would really love this book though. It’s well written and interesting and the illustrations and photos are engaging and well crafted. One thing that could be done to make this book work for you library is to show the student who is checking the book out how to carefully move the sliders. (or as a class). Additionally teachers could use this in a classroom when they do a unit on predator and prey.

EL(K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author

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