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What's that sea animal with the big forehead? It's a beluga whale! This large, white whale uses its hollow forehead to communicate with other whales. How? Beginning readers will learn the answer in this simple yet playful nonfiction text. They will also learn basic information about where belugas live, what they eat, and all about their peculiar bodies and behaviors. Each 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The lively text, colorful design, and eye-catching photos are sure to capture the interest of emergent readers.

 
Interest Level Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
BISACS JNF003000
Genre Nonfiction, Beginning Readers
Copyright 2016
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Weird But Cute
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781627248518, 9781627249126, 9781627249720
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 599.5'42
Dimensions 8 x 8
ATOS Reading Level 2.4
Guided Reading Level I
Lexile Reading Level 510
Author Rachel Anne Cantor
 

SLJ Review - Weird But Cute

This attractive set definitely leans more on the cute side than the weird. Each opening spread uses a variety of font styles to introduce the notable physical characteristics of the subject. Size, appearance, enemies, diet, and babies are covered. Angora, Gecko, and Tarsier make use of onomatopoeia. Overall the photos work well and include cut-outs, insets, and full-page images. A closing “More …” section gives three additional examples of animals with similar weird characteristics or other related species. The captioned photo glossaries occasionally struggle to illustrate complex verbs like grind (Angora), digest (Hedgehog), and poison (Pufferfish). VERDICT The variety of animals here makes this series a possibility for larger collections.

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