Editorial Review

School Library Journal (Series Made Simple)

Cover: Better Together: Animal Groups

Each title in this series describes animal groupings and explores how the members benefit. For example, kangaroo mobs facilitate safety, child rearing, and grooming. One short paragraph per page explains a different key aspect of the social construct, accompanied by a large photo that usually fits the text just right. Simple, useful diagrams visually demonstrate specific concepts like bat echolocation. Several “Did you know?” insets per book provide additional facts that are interesting and relevant. Captions identify some of the species shown in photos, but most are not named. The writing is direct and well organized. Broader facts about behaviors are presented within the context of group living. There’s just the right amount of information and strong visual support for a reader new to the topic. ­VERDICT A fine choice for mid-elementary school age learners.

—Series Made Simple

Products Reviewed

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Cover: Better Together: Animal Groups Better Together: Animal Groups (8 titles) Spring 2020
Cover: Bat Colonies Bat Colonies Spring 2020 2.4
Cover: Fish Schools Fish Schools Spring 2020 2.5
Cover: Geese Gaggles Geese Gaggles Spring 2020 2.4
Cover: Kangaroo Mobs Kangaroo Mobs Spring 2020 2.4
Cover: Lion Prides Lion Prides Spring 2020 2.5
Cover: Monkey Troops Monkey Troops Spring 2020 2.5
Cover: Orca Whale Pods Orca Whale Pods Spring 2020 2.4
Cover: Wolf Packs Wolf Packs Spring 2020 2.5

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