Monday, July 17, 2017

Nonfiction Monday

In Animal Planet's Chapter Book SNAKES!, Author, James Buckley, Jr. introduces readers to the diverse world of snakes beginning with a basic look at the anatomy and characteristics that differentiate these animals from other reptiles.

The eleven chapters divide focus between general knowledge and the examination of specific types of snakes. How snakes move, attack and defense, foods, life cycles, and senses compare and contrast the ways in which diverse types of snakes function. Additional chapters concentrate on some of the most interesting, abundant, weird, or deadly groups of snakes such as rattlesnakes, boas and pythons, garter snakes, and the elapids which include cobras, kraits, and mambas.

Colorful, detailed photographs enrich the text and provide visual interest. Fang Facts identify snake body parts, and discuss the value of snakes in the ecosystem.  Double-page FACT FILES, highlight some of the United States’ most venomous snakes, details such as food choices that range from termite larvae to birds and mammals, identifies various types of vipers, and discusses habitats. Colored text boxes define terms, and offer extra details.

A fun resource for home or school.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fiction Friday

The Museum of Mysteries by David Glover employs numbers in some of their many uses: decimals, even and odd, factors, fractions, multiples, prime numbers, Roman numerals, and percentages as clues to this mystery adventure. 

Only you can stop the burglars who are determined to steal the Golden Hoard, the greatest of all ancient treasures. Your understanding of numbers in their various forms and uses will determine your success in deciphering the clues, collecting the mysterious objects, and solving the final puzzle. Solve each puzzle correctly, and the reader moves forward through the story.  Make a mistake, and the reader will find an explanation of what probably went wrong before being sent back to try again.

This is one in the Math Quest series of books designed to encourage and develop math skills in an entertaining format. Colorful illustrations paired with a lively text draws the reader into the story. A glossary of Calculation Words explains terms and demonstrates methods to provide support for readers on a variety of topics from addition to percentages.
Not every reader will become a math whiz, but they will discover that math can be fun even when it's also a challenge which is a great confidence booster for reluctant mathematicians.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Picture Book Friday

It’s Just So… by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco takes readers on a light-hearted journey through that most dreaded of scenarios – the first day at a new school.

For our young heroine, Lizzy, everything seems just so overwhelming.  The bus is just so TALL. The school is just so BIG. The books are just so WORDY. But as Lizzy warms to the challenge, she discovers that addition and subtraction are MATHEMAGICAL, art is COLORIFIC, and her geography lesson on Australia is just so WOMBATTY!  In fact, her day has turned out to be “just so fantastical, explorational, colorifical, animalogical – EPIC!”

Lizzy is a charming role model who is willing to take the initiative and her heroism is rooted in her bravery and determination in facing her fears. Her hopeful story is both entertaining and inspiring for any child facing a new challenge whether it is changing schools or encountering other life changes.

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