From the Series Insect World
In Cicadas, beginning readers will learn about the life cycle of a cicada and discover how this insect finds a mate. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they discover the world of cicadas.
A labeled diagram helps readers identify a cicada’s body parts, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about cicadas online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Cicadas also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
Cicadas is part of Jump!’s Insect World series.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Category||Beginning Readers, STEM|
|Number of Pages||24|
Series Made Simple
Highly engaging photography supports basic information, making this set a good fit for preschoolers and new readers. Short, simple sentences offer readability rather than drama; the excitement comes from the crystal-clear photographs. Large main images include full-body views and extreme close-ups that highlight different features of each insect. In Grasshoppers, for example, an up-close photo of a spitting grasshopper is followed by a riveting view of the insect’s takeoff, and another page turn captures it in mid-flight. Sequences in which larger animals threaten insects are less successful, since no true interaction is shown in the photos. For the most part, though, the use of minimal text and carefully selected, high-quality photographs is just right for the intended audience. VERDICT Wonderful choices for this age group.