Where Else in the Wild?
by David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy

Price at time of review: $16.99
50 pp.
Tricycle Press
Berkeley, CA
ISBN: 978-1582462837

Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Ear-tickling poems and eye-pleasing photography will keep young readers curious as they look for camouflaged creatures in this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2010. Adaptations become the subject of inquiry in a book ideal for sharing.

This book's fold-out photos are accompanied by two levels of interesting text, explaining the importance of adaptations that enable creatures to hide in plain sight! Camouflage, protective coloration, and mimicry are ways animals survive. For each animal, a page of lyrical, creatively designed text is followed by a great photo and then a section of more-detailed explanation for the teacher or mentor to use as background as the book is read aloud or discussed.

This volume is ideal for introducing a unit on survival strategies or for extended discovery at a classroom station. The adaptations of both predators and prey are included, so the book can also be used for lessons in food webs, habitats, and life cycles.

Review posted on 2/3/2010

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