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As darkness falls over the Amazon rain forest, a large black caiman waits in a slow moving, muddy river. Only the reptile's eyes and nostrils are visible above the water. The caiman is watching a young deer that has come to the river to drink. As the deer dips its head toward the water, the caiman attacks. In just a few seconds, the large predator has dragged the deer under the water. Filled with information perfectly suited to the abilities and interests of its primarygrade audience, this colorful, fact-filled book gives readers a chance to learn about the lives of apex predators. The book will also help readers develop their powers of observation and challenge them with activities and critical-thinking questions about the caiman's physical characteristics, its everyday life, and its hunting abilities.

 
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
BISACS JNF003000
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2017
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Apex Predators of the Amazon Rain Forest
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781684020324, 9781684020843, 9781684021598
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 597.98'4
Dimensions 10 x 8
ATOS Reading Level 4.4
Guided Reading Level M
Lexile Reading Level 580
Author Ellen Lawrence
 

School Library Journal Review for Apex Predators of the Amazon Rain Forest

Each featured beast fills an apex predator role in the rain forest ecosystem. Content focuses on predation in the first half, including the subject’s diet and hunting methods, with photos that show some of the action of the hunt. Life cycles and habitats are also introduced. Writing is clear and direct, avoiding generalization. Readers learn, for example, that a bull shark is an apex predator in the Amazon, but not in the ocean. . . . Captioned photographs highlight key physical features, while occasional close-ups and insets also support factual details effectively. Other features include a range map, a “science lab” activity, and question boxes that actually promote critical thinking, rather than repetition of facts from within the text. VERDICT: Well-rounded species profiles suitable for reports.

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