From the Series Better Together: Animal Groups
In this book, early fluent readers will learn how and why bats live together in colonies. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about the animal’s habitat, diet, behaviors, appearance, and social structure.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 bat colonies using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Bat Colonies also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. Bat Colonies is part of Jump!’s Better Together: Animal Groups series.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Subject||Animals, Science and Math|
|Number of Pages||24|
School Library Journal (Series Made Simple)
Each title in this series describes animal groupings and explores how the members benefit. For example, kangaroo mobs facilitate safety, child rearing, and grooming. One short paragraph per page explains a different key aspect of the social construct, accompanied by a large photo that usually fits the text just right. Simple, useful diagrams visually demonstrate specific concepts like bat echolocation. Several “Did you know?” insets per book provide additional facts that are interesting and relevant. Captions identify some of the species shown in photos, but most are not named. The writing is direct and well organized. Broader facts about behaviors are presented within the context of group living. There’s just the right amount of information and strong visual support for a reader new to the topic. VERDICT A fine choice for mid-elementary school age learners.