Monday, October 31, 2011

Nonfiction Monday: More National Geographic for Kids

Ponies (National Geographic Kids, Level 1)
written by Laura Marsh
National Geographic, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4263-0849-9
Grades K-1
Reviewed from purchased copy.

Ponies addresses a perennially favorite topic.  The book takes a look at what a pony is, how they are different from horses, different markings, and different breeds, along with advice about riding them. The photographs compliment the text which is very important in nonfiction books.  The photographs are clear and crisp, the text is suitable for new readers. I especially like the photos in the glossary that help students understand the highlighted words better. The jokes are a nice touch, since I have yet to meet a child that didn't love a good joke.

Trains (National Geographic Kids, Level 1)
written by Amy Shields
National Geographic, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4263-0777-5
Grades K-1
Reviewed from purchased copy. 

TRAINS BLURB:  
Choo Choo! Kids love trains! Especially the old-timey steam engines found in amusement parks and zoos. But what about a super-speeder in Japan that zooms on the track at 361 miles per hour? Or the world's longest freight train, stretching on for a whopping 4.6 miles? Or futuristic railways in the sky?
Trains provides a glimpse at the history of trains, along with some interesting facts about different kinds of trains and how trains have provided transportation for humans for over a hundred years. The book has great photographs, great design, and an engineer to guide the reader through the ins and outs of trains.  A great book for fans of trains.

I am a big fan of National Geographic's new leveled readers. Here's why:
  1. Gorgeous photographs
  2. Nonfiction book features (table of contents, glossary w/ photos)
  3. Great design, very colorful and eye catching
  4. Interesting content
  5. Fun jokes
I am hoping to order a bunch of these for the library, so that my students may enjoy these more fully.

For some other great nonfiction recommendations, head on over to Jean Little Library for today's Nonfiction Monday round-up.

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