From the Series Science Behind the Colors
In this book, early fluent readers will learn how blue-footed boobies get blue feet and how male boobies dance and use them to attract mates. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about blue-footed boobies and the science behind their blue feet.An infographic aids understanding, and an activity offers readers an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about blue-footed boobies using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Blue-Footed Boobies also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. Blue-Footed Boobies is part of Jump!’s Science Behind the Colors series.
|Grade 2 - Grade 5
|Animals, Science and Math
|Number of Pages
Science Behind the Colors - Reviewed by Booklist (Booklist Top Ten)
Ever wonder how animals came to possess their particular pigments? The answers to these colorful mysteries are revealed in these early readers, which take a unique approach to animals science.
Science Behind the Colors - Reviewed by Booklist
Ever wonder how animals came to possess their particular pigments? The Science behind the Colors series takes a unique approach to color in nature by offering kids simplified explanations of the how and why behind creatures’ colors. Aside from setting off a round of giggles, Blue-Footed Boobies explains that this diving bird’s feet get their bright turquoise hue from a mix of the collagen in their skin and yellow pigment from the fish they eat. Similarly, Flamingos attributes its birds’ signature pink to their diet, rich in carotenoids; the brighter the color, the healthier the bird! Jewel bright and deadly, the tiny amphibians of Poison Frogs are genetically programmed to display eye-catching patterns and colors, which act as warnings against consumption. The neon flamboyance of Sea Slugs’ star mollusks is attributed to diet or genetics, depending on the species, and helps them camouflage or signal danger (poisonous!) to predators. Excellent photos fill the books, which use short sentences, repetition, and a few advanced vocabulary words to support and challenge young readers as they learn about the animals’ diets, habitats, and life cycles. “Take a Look!” infographics and a concluding activity accommodate different learning styles, as well as introduce common nonfiction text features. Interesting and attractive, this will make a strong addition to the science shelves. —Julia Smith
Science Behind the Colors - Reviewed by School Library Journal
Bright, clear photos fill the pages of this series, while text is divided into easily digestible chunks of three or four sentences. Many of the photos have labels or small “Did You Know?” text boxes that offer additional facts. Each title also includes an infographic, such as a diagram of blue-footed boobies’ mating dance or a map of where mandarinfish live. An activity at the end of each book directs readers to research life cycles or observe how food coloring changes a stalk of celery. Those who wish to learn more may use the “Fact Surfer” website to access more resources. VERDICT An engaging series useful for lessons on animal adaptations or pleasure reading for animal lovers in general.