Thursday, January 7, 2016

SERIES THURSDAY: Hoops to Hippos! and Hoot, Hoot, Hooray!


ABOUT THE BOOK

NBA star Boris Diaw of the San Antonio spurs takes young readers on safari as he explores his off-court passion: wildlife photography! Join Diaw as he escapes from stampeding wildebeests, comes face-to-face with lions, and discovers why you should never come between a hippo and its watery home. Through engaging stories and photos by Diaw, readers will discover a whole new side to this basketball champ.

National Geographic Kids Chapter books pick up where the best-selling National Geographic Readers series leaves off, offering young animal lovers who are ready for short chapters lively, exciting, full-color true stories -- just right to carry in backpacks, share with friends, and read under the covers at night.

REVIEW
One of the things that I enjoy so much about these National Geographic Kids Chapter books, besides the gorgeous photographs, is how genuine they are.  This one in particular was fun to read because the person telling the story wasn't a trained scientist but a dedicated amateur who has spent a lot of time around cameras and animals and learned a lot along the way.  The stories Diaw shares about his developing interest and concern about wild animals and the adventures he has had photographing them makes for a compelling and quick read.  The design  of these books also makes them eye-catching and appealing for young readers.  If you have an animal lover at your house, this is a great series for them to read.




ABOUT THE BOOK


Meet some brave, amazing animals and the caring people who come to their rescue. Filled with engaging photos, fast facts, and fascinating sidebars, readers won't want to put this book down.

National Geographic Kids Chapter books pick up where the best-selling National Geographic Readers series leaves off, offering young animal lovers who are ready for short chapters lively, exciting, full-color true stories -- just right to carry in backpacks, share with your friends, and read under the covers at night.

REVIEW

Hoot, Hoot, Hooray tells the stories of a pair of owls, an orphaned elephant, and an injured young black bear.  Each story explains why the animal needed help and what was done to aide them while still trying to keep them wild enough to return to their native habitat when able.  Unfortunately, not all animals can return to the wild, one of the baby owls had injured it's eyes and so couldn't be returned to the wild.  And the young bear had become too habituated to people to be trusted on its own.  But these true stories give the young reader the opportunity to learn about animals and the people who dedicate so much time and effort to help them.
 

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