At This Very Moment
by Jim Arnosky

Price at time of review: $16.99
Dutton Children's Books
New York, NY
ISBN: 9780525422525

Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Accurately scientific poetry superimposed over outstanding double–page illustrations earned author Jim Arnosky recognition as the creator of an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book. This is a volume to inspire and provide many bridges to classroom integration.

As you wake up so are animals around the world. Sheep begin to graze, polar bears to stalk prey. As the afternoon gets hot, desert owls are looking for shade too. Evening comes...some animals get sleepy, others wake to hunt at night.

This is a lovely book to share with the youngest naturalists. It fosters the sort of awareness of the world around that can become a springboard for any kind of local exploration. Teachers and mentors will read it aloud, and then it will be explored again and again at a center or in small hands. The illustrations are detailed enough that they can be used to answer student or teacher questions in an inquiry manner. It could support content on life cycles, adaptations, habitats, or the question: "Where in the world...?" which naturally leads to the classroom map or globe.

Review posted on 1/20/2012

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