Colossal and Concrete: What Am I?
What is made of colossal concrete blocks and holds back a huge lake? If you guessed the Hoover Dam, you're right! This book introduces early readers to a mystery American place by describing its features, one by one, using short simple sentences and eye-popping full-color photos. At the end of the book, the secret place is revealed across a colorful, two-page spread. Young children will love showing off their beginning reading skills as they learn about amazing American places--one clue at a time! Fast facts and maps at the end of the book provide key information about the place. Rich, colorful photos and a clever design are sure to grab and excite emergent readers.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|BISACS||JNF025170, JNF025260, JNF038100|
|Genre||Beginning Readers, Nonfiction|
|Series||American Place Puzzlers|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||8 x 8|
|ISBN||9781684024810, 9781684025398, 9781684025978|
|Title Format||Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle|
|ATOS Reading Level||1.1|
|Guided Reading Level||E|
|Lexile Reading Level||360|
Booklist Review of American Place Puzzlers
I have eight titles and teach youngsters about historic landmarks . . .What am I? The new American Place Puzzlers series, of course! In these
guessing-game-style installments, each flip of the page introduces a declarative one- or two-sentence clue and a corresponding double-page
photo (complete with sneaky puzzle-piece-shaped gaps). Although the penultimate spread reveals the mystery location, concluding “Fast Facts”
and “Where Am I?” pages offer comprehensive statistics, including historical context, maps, measurements, and one extra-compelling “Cool
Fact.” The quite-literal Colossal and Concrete acquaints young readers with the Hoover Dam. Built between 1931 and 1936 in the Black Canyon
of the Colorado River, the dam comprises hundreds of five-foot-tall “colossal concrete blocks.” Green and Spiky presents the Statue of Liberty,
accentuating her copper exterior, tablet- and torch-bearing hands, and 377-step spiral staircase along the way. Historic and Lively showcases the most obscure destination of the bunch, Colonial Williamsburg. Though Williamsburg was founded in 1632, this land of cannons and horse-drawn
carriages first opened as a tourist destination in 1932. White and Majestic highlights—you guessed it—the White House, 132 rooms and
all! Though back matter is often more informative than the preceding clues, each book’s simple sentences, engaging layout, and mystery infused
approach will have beginning readers and budding history buffs raring to crack the case.
School Library Journal Review of American Place Puzzlers
These attractive volumes introduce young readers to historical sites across the United States. Using simple, easy-to-read text, the authors present modern engineering feats, like the Hoover Dam and the Statue of Liberty, piece by piece. All of the titles follow a similar format: readers are given multiple photographic and narrative clues (“I am painted orange,” “My base is stone and concrete”) before the big reveal. The images are saturated with color, and the hints provided are solid. VERDICT: A lively, interactive way to get youngsters interested in history and geography.
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