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What's that odd-looking salamander that never leaves the water? It's an axolotl! Beginning readers will learn all about these strange yet wonderful creatures in this delightful title. They will also learn basic information about axolotls, including what they eat and the story behind their long, feathery gills. 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 Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Beginning Readers
Copyright 2018
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Weirder and Cuter
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781684022618, 9781684023158, 9781684023691
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 597.8'58
Dimensions 8 x 8
ATOS Reading Level 3.3
Guided Reading Level J
Lexile Reading Level 540
Author Dawn Bluemel Oldfield

School Library Journal Review of Weirder and Cuter

With a few sentences per page and a variety of well-chosen photos, these books introduce animals that will be new to many readers. Children’s books on axolotls, snub-nosed monkeys, and Polish chickens are particularly hard to find. The text provides general data on physiology, behavior, and life cycles while also highlighting unique features, such as the platypus’s hunting techniques and the healing ability of the axolotl. Related species are noted and sometimes pictured, and there are images and brief descriptions of more “weird animals” at the end of each book. Visual support is effective: each book opens with an impressive two-page photograph; subsequent pages include large pictures, inset images, and size comparison diagrams, with captions and labels included where needed. VERDICT: Strong appeal for curious kids interested in unusual creatures and to fill subject holes in more comprehensive animal collections.

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