Series of 8 titles
What are baby owls called? Baby deer? Early readers will learn these names and more about furry forest babies. Adorable, vibrant photography and tightly controlled text work together to provide an engaging and supportive early reading experience. Each title in Forest Babies includes tools for teachers as well as introductory nonfiction features such as labels, a table of contents, words to know, and an index.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 1|
|Category||Beginning Readers, STEM|
|Subject||Animals, Science and Math, STEM|
|Number of Pages||16|
|Dimensions||6.5 x 9|
|Guided Reading Level||C|
|ATOS Reading Level||0.5-0.9|
|Features||Index and Table of contents|
Series Made Simple
New readers are the intended audience for these short and simple titles. Most sentences consist of a repeated pronoun plus a verb. The words on three spreads from Deer Fawns, for example, are: “It hides. It eats. It drinks.” The intentionally basic and repetitive language is a good fit for beginning readers. The narrative works in most cases. Owlets is less successful because the text seems to indicate a single animal, while the photos clearly show different owls in action. Highly appealing photographs heighten interest and appeal. Skunks at play, a staring owlet, and four climbing bear cubs are especially engaging examples, though a photo of an empty tree in Squirrel Kits acts only as filler.VERDICT Strong animal-oriented choices for kids just learning to read.