A Spiny Back and Green Scaly Skin (Iguana)
From a leathery, white egg, a tiny snout appears. Then a bright green head, skinny body, and long, thin tail emerge. Who does this adorable little baby belong to? With stunning photographs and simple text that’s perfect for emergent readers, Whose Little Baby Are You? is a delightful introduction to animals and their life cycles. The little creature hatching from her egg is a baby iguana, and one day this tiny reptile will be 4 feet (1.2 m) long, with a powerful, muscular body—just like her mom and dad! As readers turn the pages, they will discover how a baby iguana is similar to and different from its parents. They will learn how baby iguanas find food and stay safe from predators. They will also see how the little lizard grows, changes, and gets ready for her adult life in the trees of a rain forest.
|Interest Level||Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Publisher||Ruby Tuesday Books|
|Series||Whose Little Baby Are You?|
|Number of Pages||24|
|ISBN||9781910549223, 9781910549230, 9781943074921|
|Title Format||Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle|
|Dimensions||8 x 10|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.3|
|Guided Reading Level||H|
|Lexile Reading Level||540|
|Scholastic Reading Counts Level||4.3|
School Library Journal Review for Whose Little Baby Are You?
A page featuring a photograph and listing unique descriptors and a habitat are used to introduce each newborn before the animal in question is identified. Each title takes readers through the stages of development, from infancy to adulthood. A Giant Egg breaks that pattern, spending more time on the nesting and incubation process and the parents’ appearance than on infant development. Vivid, carefully selected photos fill each page, labels highlight details, and the text is set on bright backgrounds. A closing “Fact File” spread adds further information, including a size comparison to adult humans and a world map of the animal’s range. The endangered status of pandas in Tiny Paws and orangutans in Tiny Fingers is addressed. The indexes are more extensive than usual for introductory titles. VERDICT Solid options, especially for educators teaching index use.