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Uncommon Animals


Booklist, Review By: Ian Chipman,  - October 15, 2008
Review of Arctic Fox

While there is certainly no shortage of books about animals for young readers, the Uncommon Animals series manages to profile some fairly undercovered critters. In this case, the focus is on an animal that children are highly unlikely to ever encounter due to the fact that it lives “farther north than any other land mammal.” Easily readable sections detail the bitter natural habitat of the arctic fox and highlight the ways in which the animal is uniquely outfitted to survive such harsh conditions. The text works splendidly with the large, clear photographs on each page that will delight readers—the fox is an irresistibly cute animal—as well as educate them. For instance, the fox’s fur, which changes from brown and gray in the summer to shocking white in the winter, is a fascinating example of natural camouflage. The author is also careful to discuss how climate change could spell trouble for the animal’s future and shows its place—somewhere between lemming and polar bear—in the food chain. Back matter includes a glossary, thin bibliography, and suggestions for further reading.
Booklist, Review - October 15, 2008
Fossa and Tasmanian Devil were recommended in the October 2008 Spotlight on Series Nonfiction.
School Library Journal, Review By: John Peters,  - November 1, 2008
These examinations of six photogenic animals and selected specialists who study them offer the current crop's best balance of appealing presentation and systematic, clearly presented information. Each creature inhabits an exotic habitat, from the arctic fox that "lives farther north than any other land mammal in the world" and the Weddell Seal to Madagascar's aye-aye and fossa. The aye-aye is a lemur so rare that it was mistakenly declared extinct in the 1930s, and the elusive fossa is a lemur-eating mongoose and the island's largest native predator. Readers will linger over the excellent pictures and come away with a better understanding of the creatures and of some of the challenges facing scientists who seek to learn more about them.
Booklist's Top 10 Nonfiction Series, Review By: Daniel Kraus,  - April 1, 2009
Just when you thought every animal had been covered comes a series with volumes on the aye-aye, fossa, and Weddell seal. The explanatory text works splendidly, with large photographs that bring readers as close as they’ll ever get to such beasts.
The Horn Book Guide, Review By: Sethany Rancier Alongi,  - April 1, 2009
Readers follow the work of scientists who study the unique features and challenges of animals living in remote habitats.... firsthand accounts create a narrative feel while still weaving in facts about the animals and their environments. Large photos, mostly clear captions, and short sidebars enhance the texts. End-of-book animal facts add interest.
Library Media Connection, Review By: Ruie Chehak,  - April 1, 2009
Most elementary students will find this series intriguing. A wealth of precise and detailed information is presented in a pleasing layout. Each section is well-defined and entitled to entice the reader. Important vocabulary words are highlighted. Geographic locations of each fascinating animal are well-depicted and illustrated. The photographs are captivating as well as informative. Featured on many pages are inserts with interesting facts either about the animal or the humans studying them. Education efforts and other methods to save these animals are discussed. Included is a read more section and a learn more online section. This series contains the type of books that never stay on the shelves because they are irresistible to our young patrons. Students, teachers, and media specialists will love this series. Recommended.

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Uncommon Animals


Reading Level: 3, Interest Level: 2 – 7
Trim: 8" x 10"
Pages: 32
Photos: Full color and B&W
Format: Reinforced Library Binding + eBook


Table of Contents
Read More
Learn More Online


Narrative nonfiction text written as a high-interest story
Controlled text with an average of 100 words per two-page spread
Habitat maps showing where uncommon animals live
Profiles of other uncommon animals
Fact boxes
Large, full-color photos


Animals; Life Sciences
CCSS Reading Standards for Informational Text


Learn More Online
Safe web links and fun crossword puzzles for kids!

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