Monday, July 13, 2009

What Are These Animals Doing?

Kalman, Bobbie. What Are These Animals Doing? Crabtree Publishing: 2009. ISBN: 9780778733249.

What Are These Animals Doing? is a delightful book about animal behavior. It is interactive by challenging students to guess what the animals are doing and why. The book is organized into short, fact-filled chapters that will keep the readers engaged with its narrative and visual style. The author uses a consistent format, including large type for reading aloud, bold-faced vocabulary words, which are defined within the text, and colorful chapter headings. Most importantly, the author provides colorful pictures that reinforce the content, but do not distract from the information on each page. I really enjoyed the chapter “Sing and Dance.” It was interesting to learn why male humpback whales jump out of the water. The author expounds on this by giving important information on the whales mating habits. I believe that this book would be of great use as a supplemental resource in the classroom.

Daleen Askins, Bowling Green State University, EDTL 6950

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