SERIES MADE SIMPLE

Bear Cubs

. 9781624969553. Nilsen, Genevieve. Squirrel Kits. ISBN 9781624969768.ea vol: 16p. (Forest Babies). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Jump! Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $24.21.
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PreS-Gr 1—New readers are the intended audience for these short and simple titles. Most sentences consist of a repeated pronoun plus a verb. The words on three spreads from Deer Fawns, for example, are: "It hides. It eats. It drinks." The intentionally basic and repetitive language is a good fit for beginning readers. The narrative works in most cases. Owlets is less successful because the text seems to indicate a single animal, while the photos clearly show different owls in action. Highly appealing photographs heighten interest and appeal. Skunks at play, a staring owlet, and four climbing bear cubs are especially engaging examples, though a photo of an empty tree in Squirrel Kits acts only as filler.
VERDICT Strong animal-oriented choices for kids just learning to read.

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