SERIES MADE SIMPLE

Ducklings

. 9781532100017. ea vol: 24p. (Baby Animals). glossary. index. photos. websites. ABDO. Aug. 2017. lib. ed. $27.07.
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PreS-Gr 1—The simplest of facts accompanied by appealing full-page photos introduce popular baby animals. One to three short sentences per page present basic information: "The joey drinks its mother's milk. It grows." The large photographs are well chosen, emphasizing the sheer cuteness of each young subject. A closing feature shows the animal in four stages of growth, from birth to adulthood. Kitten and puppy images include a variety of breeds, all equally endearing. Elephant calves, joeys, and other wild animals are shown in natural settings. Information is at the most basic level, but text brevity, sentence structure, and mostly simple vocabulary make these accessible to early readers.
VERDICT The visual appeal alone makes the series worth considering for beginning readers of nonfiction.

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