Opossums

From the Series My First Animal Library

In Opossums, beginning readers follow an opossum as it hunts for food, defends itself against a predator, and raises its young. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn all about this nocturnal animal.

A labeled diagram helps readers identify an opossum’s body parts, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about opossums online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Opossums also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Opossums is part of Jump!’s My First Animal Library series.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-62031-289-6
$25.65 $17.95
978-1-62496-349-0
$35.00 $26.25
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Kindergarten
Category Beginning Readers, STEM
Subject Animals, STEM
Copyright 2016
Publisher Jump!
Imprint Bullfrog Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2016-01-01
BISACS JNF003320, JNF003140, JNF051150
Dewey 599.2
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 7.75 x 7.75
Lexile 320
Guided Reading Level E
ATOS Reading Level 1.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 180502
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents

Reviews

Series Made Simple

These “day in the life” snapshots of wild animals are designed to entertain children while teaching basic animal traits. The content highlights key physical characteristics, behaviors, diets, and nesting spaces. Bald Eagles and Opossums, the only titles using feminine pronouns, also reference the species’ young. Chipmunks focuses on the fall season leading into winter, while Badgers and Opossums take place at night. Anthropomorphisms and exclamation points are used in every book, mostly to convey fear or happiness (for example, in Eagles, “Wow! A fish!…. Yum!”). The bright colors and clear photos are mostly well chosen, although the occasional use of obvious stock photos does detract from the text. For instance, in Skunks, a skunk is featured outdoors in a grassy area, but the threatening bobcat appears surrounded by white space, and the difference in setting is likely to confuse readers. VERDICT The short sentences and carefully selected vocabulary will please new readers.

Author: Mari Schuh