From the Series Nature's Superheroes
In this book, early fluent readers will learn about the unique indestructibility of cockroaches. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about the special biological adaptions that make cockroaches one of nature’s superheroes.
An infographic aids understanding, and an activity offers readers an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about cockroaches using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Super Cockroaches also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
Super Cockroaches is part of Jump!’s Nature’s Superheroes series.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Category||Beginning Readers, STEM|
|Number of Pages||24|
Series Made Simple
Fascinating facts and appealing photographs introduce animals with extraordinary abilities. Most of the text focuses on a few particular aspects of the featured animal, such as the hummingbird’s ability to fly, go into torpor, and find nectar. Lucidly written paragraphs identify different traits and explain how they help the creature. A chapter on chameleon colors includes information about reflective cells, body temperature, and visual communication. Abilities that apply to a specific species, such as weaver ants’ “superglue,” are noted. Photographs are large and clear, and most depict the animal showing off the relevant characteristic, from a hummingbird hanging upside down in torpor to honeypot ants storing nectar. Simple sentence structure keeps the text accessible for younger readers, and a captioned, full-body diagram reinforces the content. VERDICT The combination of text, visuals, and subject matter offers high appeal for middle elementary grade readers.