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Strange but True: Bizarre Animals
ISBN: 9781433348617
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials
Published: 2012-09-01
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Blobfish, pangolin, and flower mantis are just a few of the names of the bizarre bugs and animals that readers will learn about in this fascinating nonfiction title. Through vibrant images and photos, informational text, a glossary of terms, and an index, readers will learn some of the strange ways that arthropods, invertebrates, and mammals have adapted over time to camouflage themselves and develop interesting ways to keep predators away.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Zoology
Library of Congress Subjects:
Animals; Adaptation; Juvenile literature.
Animals; Adaptation.
Dewey: 591.4
LCCN: bl2013005951
Lexile Measure: 730
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Time for Kids Nonfiction Readers
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Age Group: 8 - 12
Target Grade: 4
Grade level: 4
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 0.15" L x 5.25" W 48 pages
Copyright year: 2013
Subject: Science
Fiction/Nonfiction: Nonfiction
Interest Level: 3 - 6
TCM Reading Level: 4.6
Guided Reading Level: R
Early Intervention Level: 25
DRA Level: 40
Lexile: 730L
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 November)

Gr 3–5—Covering a wide range of high-interest topics in science, history, sports, vocations, and avocations, these small volumes offer tight, busy-looking mixes of color photos, present-tense overview narratives, boxed facts, and captions, supplemented by various combinations of charts, tables, interviews, open-ended questions, and, where applicable, recipes. Each volume is capped by a current, annotated set of multimedia resources. The biographies present highly idealized, inspirational portraits of their subjects. Aside from Healthy, (in which the old food pyramid is replaced with the newer MyPlate recommendations), the Straight Talk titles are not quite "straight." Both Drugs and Smoking fail to deliver enough information for readers to come to their own conclusions about the topics. More balanced alternatives to the entries in both subseries are available elsewhere. Otherwise these titles are acceptable choices for both assignment use and casual browsing.

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