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Series Nature's Superheroes Reading Level Grade 2 Interest Level Grades 2 - 5 ATOS 2.6-2.9 Lexile 500-750 Guided Reading Level J Copyright Year 2018 Dewey 500s ISBN 600152 Author Karen Latchana Kenney Artwork Photography Publisher Jump! Imprint Pogo STEM AR Quiz Yes Review Source School Library Journal Pages 24 Trim Size 7.5" x 9" Book Format Hardcover Reading Counts Points N/A
School Library Journal, April 2018
Fascinating facts and appealing photographs introduce animals with extraordinary abilities. Most of the text focuses on a few particular aspects of the featured animal, such as the hummingbird’s ability to fly, go into torpor, and find nectar. Lucidly written paragraphs identify different traits and explain how they help the creature. A chapter on chameleon colors includes information about reflective cells, body temperature, and visual communication. Abilities that apply to a specific species, such as weaver ants’ “superglue,” are noted. Photographs are large and clear, and most depict the animal showing off the relevant characteristic, from a hummingbird hanging upside down in torpor to honeypot ants storing nectar. Simple sentence structure keeps the text accessible for younger readers, and a captioned, full-body diagram reinforces the content. VERDICT The combination of text, visuals, and subject matter offers high appeal for middle elementary grade readers.