Saving the American Alligator
From the Series Great Animal Comebacks
In this book, early fluent readers will learn how the American alligator came back from the brink of extinction and serves as an important species in its environment. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about the animal’s habitat, diet, behaviors, and current status, as well as how conservation efforts helped these reptiles make a comeback.
A Take a Look! infographic aids understanding, sidebars present interesting, supplementary information, and an activity offers readers an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about the American alligator using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Saving the American Alligator also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
Saving the American Alligator is part of Jump!’s Great Animal Comebacks series.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Number of Pages||24|
Series Made Simple
The history and current status of animal conservation efforts are introduced through simple language and solid visual content. Readers learn the major causes of the animals’ decline, plus a bit about the actions taken in response. Government acts are the most frequently cited impetus for population gains, but some specific strategies, such as the use of radio collars to track grizzlies, for example, are included. Current population estimates are provided for all profiled animals except for manatees, where specifics are not included. The frequent use of questions and answers within the text might be disruptive to some readers. Several “Did You Know?” insets per book offer additional facts; some, but not all, involve survival challenges. Clear, well-chosen photographs show the animals in their environment and interacting with humans. A range map adds further visual support. VERDICT This series offers solid roundups of animal conservation success stories.