Tuesday, July 1, 2014

National Geographic Kids Chapters


ABOUT THE BOOK

Based on the hit feature in National Geographic Kids magazine, we bring you Lucky Leopards, true and inspiring stories of daring animal rescues that will engage and enchant readers of all ages. Packed with full-color photography, and written in fun and lively prose that empowers readers to keep turning pages, these heart-warming stories will leave kids hungry for more of the animal "awwww" factor.

National Geographic Kids Chapters picks up where the best-selling National Geographic Readers series leaves off. This new series offers young animal lovers, who are ready for short chapters with lively, true stories just right to carry in a backpack, share with friends, and read under the covers at night.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

National Geographic Kids Chapters picks up where the best-selling National Geographic Readers series leaves off. This new series offers young animal lovers who are ready for short chapters lively, full-color true stories just right to carry in a backpack, share with friends, and read under the covers at night. Based on the hit feature in National Geographic Kids magazine, we bring you Animal Adventures! Featuring three amazing stories of explorer Brian Skerry and his incredible encounters with animals, written in fun and lively prose that empowers readers to devour page after page.

REVIEW

Some children love to read but only want to read nonfiction.  A lot of the nonfiction books in my school library are picture book length and while they are great, especially for reluctant readers, they don't always meet the needs of developing readers.  So this nonfiction chapter book series is a great addition and one I plan to add to my library.  Many children have a natural interest in animals and this series addresses that interest.  I also really like the appealing design, gorgeous photographs, and the introduction to people who actively help or work with animals.

Lucky Leopards focuses on efforts to rescue injured or lost animals.There are three stories contained in the book, one about two clouded leopard cubs taken from their mother by someone looking to make money from them, one about a stranded turtle, and one about a loon tangled in fishing line. The stories are interesting and informative with sidebars that explain more about the animals and their current environmental status.  I appreciate how they show the difference that can be made in the lives of these animals.  The book is colorful with a child-friendly design.  The book includes an index, additional resources, and difficult word pronunciations.

The Whale Who Won Hearts presents the adventures of an underwater photographer.  Despite being written for children, I found the stories fascinating and really interesting.  Each story highlights the benefits and challenges that are a part of being a wildlife photographer, especially an underwater one.  I appreciated the descriptions of the different animals and what it was like to be around them.  The stories included are about harp seals and their babies as well as the challenges of taking photos in ice cold water; trying to locate and take pictures of a wild leatherback turtle; the befriending of a beluga whale, and the adventure of swimming on a untouched-by-human-hands coral reef.

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