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Florida Manatees

Part of the America’s Animal Comebacks series, this accessible title discusses the environmental threats facing the Florida manatee and the efforts that saved this appealing sea creature from extinction. Once hunted for food and clothing, manatees face even graver dangers in today’s…

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Florida Manatees

Part of the America’s Animal Comebacks series, this accessible title discusses the environmental threats facing the Florida manatee and the efforts that saved this appealing sea creature from extinction. Once hunted for food and clothing, manatees face even graver dangers in today’s…

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Gorillas

In Meish Goldish’s book, entitled Gorillas, you can learn so many facts. He tells how Diane Fossey, an American zoologist, studied gorillas for nearly eighteen years. She went right into the jungle and did just what the gorillas did. She scratched her head, beat her chest, made their sounds…

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Gorillas

In Meish Goldish’s book, entitled Gorillas, you can learn so many facts. He tells how Diane Fossey, an American zoologist, studied gorillas for nearly eighteen years. She went right into the jungle and did just what the gorillas did. She scratched her head, beat her chest, made their sounds…

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Code Red

All three books have the same format: two-page chapters with a full-color photo on each page, a few paragraphs of large-print text and quotes from eyewitnesses. They conclude with profiles of people involved in these events. [In The Exxon Valdez’s Deadly Oil Spill] Beech examines the…

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Supersized!

Following an opening spread devoted to size and weight, these books offer bits of information about habitat, diet, physical features, and reproduction. A simple map shows where the animals live. Well-selected color photographs from a variety of sources are the best part of each presentation;

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Code Red

Titanic describes the 1912 collision of this “unsinkable” ship with an iceberg, and the resulting horror. Three Mile Island discusses the 1979 malfunction of a nuclear reactor that could have cost thousands of lives and devastated the area but, fortunately, did not. A 1911 fire in a New…

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Supersized!

These attractive titles include the size and description of the featured subject, a description and map of its habitat, diet, camouflage, life cycle, and whether or not it is endangered. Most spreads include two to five large-type sentences, a boxed fact, and a large, colorful photograph…Stu

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Working Horses

One of my favorite books listed on Accelerated Reader is “Working Horses,” which is from a series called “Horse Power.” In the series, young children learn how these proud animals provide a valuable resource for people.Children can appreciate horses’ intelligence and gentle personalities as…

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Working Horses

One of my favorite books listed on Accelerated Reader is “Working Horses,” which is from a series called “Horse Power.” In the series, young children learn how these proud animals provide a valuable resource for people.Children can appreciate horses’ intelligence and gentle personalities as…

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Wildlife Survival

Each book begins with a table of contents. Each page has at least one photograph of the animal in its natural habitat and an interesting fact about them on every other page. The reader first gets to know the animals and how they live in their natural habitat, followed by reasons the animals…

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Code Red

This offering [The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire] from the Code Red series recounts the March 25, 1911, fire that destroyed a New York City clothing manufacturer, killing 146 people, most of them young female garment workers. Using a narrative style, Greene explains how the fire started…

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