Tuesday, July 17, 2007

13. I See A Kookaburra! by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Nonfiction book annotation
By: Angela Wilcox
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Jenkins, S. & Page, R. (2005). I see a kookaburra! Discovering animal habitats around the world Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Author Creditability: The book does not state where Jenkins and his wife Robin Page got their research do write and illustrate this book. I do know that they have written around 20 other books dealing with science topics and several of these have also won several different awards. Jenkins and Robin Page got the idea to write this book from their son, Jamie, who loves books that make a game out of finding things. They wanted to make a book where students could learn about different animals, how they adapt to their environment, learn about ecosystem, and all the while play a game of exploring different ecosystems.

Summary: This book takes the reader through a desert in Southwest America, a tide pool in England, a jungle in the Amazon River basin, a savanna in Africa, a forest in Australia, and a pond in Midwest America. Eight animals and an ant are hidden in each habitat for the reader to find before turning the page to have them revealed and a little fact about each one. At the end of the book more detailed information is provided for each habitat and animal along with a map identifying where the habitats are located.

Most Important Access Features: This book has an introduction to help the reader understand how to use it. Each habitat and animal is labeled. At the end there is a map, pages of additional facts on each habitat and animal, and a bibliography for additional reading.

Description of Illustrations: This book has wonderful illustrations that are collages of cut and torn paper. They are wonderfully done making the animals look very realistic and they made the plants and scenery look like native landscape to each habitat.

Grade Level & Uses: K-3; I believe this book would be an excellent choice for a study on ecosystems, animals, camouflaging, and habitats.

Standards: Physical Science; Life Science

Related Texts & How Related: The following books by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page could be used along with I see a kookaburra! Discovering animal habitats around the world to discuss different ecosystems along with animals and their habitats.

What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You?
Actual Size
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?
Slap, Squeak and Scatter: How Animals Communicate

Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books’ best of the year

Personal Response to Book: I loved this book! It has wonderful illustrations of collages that really enhance the book. I found this book very intriguing and full of information for the students.


Tassie Rosamond said...

I love it when content area literature have areas that blend into more than one discipline. The fact that this book has maps could also be used in social studies and start conversations about animal conservation.

Stephanie B. said...

This book would be great while studying ecosystems and habitats. I could definitely use this in my multiliteracies unit!