From the Series Big Cats
In Cougars, beginning readers will learn about mountain lions and their cubs. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they are introduced to cougars’ appearance, diet, behaviors, and habitats.A picture diagram labels cougars’ body parts, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about cougars online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Cougars also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index. Cougars is part of Jump!’s Big Cats series.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Category||Beginning Readers, New!|
|Number of Pages||24|
Big Cats - Reviewed by School Library Journals
Appealing photographs and basic facts introduce well-known wild cats. Short and simple sentences make the text accessible to new readers: “Jaguars are big cats. Their fur is tan. They have dark spots” (Jaguars). Question-and-answer sequences and interjections such as “Neat!” and “Wow!” add a slightly playful tone. Most photos show the felines in their natural habitats, sometimes interacting with prey. Nicely varied images effectively support information about basic physical traits and behaviors. Lions, for example, includes clear and engaging views of the animals hunting, playing, fighting, and resting in trees. Occasional close-up photos of key features such as a tiger’s claw (Tigers) and endearing views of cubs at play add to the visual appeal. VERDICT Fine choices for new readers and younger browsers.