Reviewed by Deb McNabney
Science Educator - retired
Young children have a natural love affair with books, but it is difficult to find nonfiction science–themed books that tap that strong interest. This series addresses that gap with five titles for the preschool and early elementary age group. The scientific process starts with questions and these books encourage children to observe, compare, and classify while learning about sound, animal, plant, and measurement concepts.
"What Does an Animal Eat?" introduces young children to animal diets based on the physical adaptations of teeth, mouth parts, and beaks. The text and brightly colored and accurate graphics encourage comparison of animal characteristics. The importance of maintaining a healthy food chain is simply presented.
The simple sentence structure and brightly colored illustrations will engage preschool children as a read–aloud and encourage science literacy for beginning readers. The suggested activities at the end of the book further reinforce the importance of observation and comparison in the scientific process.
Review posted on 11/29/2012