Reading is one of the most important things in the world, especially for kids. It is how we learn about the world around us. We can experience almost anything through books. One thing that I discuss often with the kids that I teach is reading books in various genres. Most children, and adults actually, will choose a fiction book to read. And who can blame them? The magic, action, and fantasy are attention-grabbing. It is so difficult to convince third graders to read nonfiction books.
But nonfiction books are so important!
Dan Jackson writes children's books. The first book I have read by him is called Amazing Facts About Penguins. His children's books are informative but also entertaining!
I do find that this book is a tad repetitive. Most of the animals wagged their tails for either emotion, balance, or to swat flies. I think that this book could have been a little less repetitive if it included animals with very unique uses for their tails.
However, I did find that the book was a quick an easy read! As a teacher I would use it to introduce a unit on evolution just because it coincides so nicely. My instinct would be to read it as a read aloud but it is also important for children to practice reading informational text on their own!
It would also be a good read on a kindle or iPad at home because the pictures are really beautiful and entertaining!
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