A long green snake has just finished a large meal. Now it loops its body around a tree branch and rests, its green skin helping it blend in with its treetop rain forest home. The beautiful snake is a green tree python, and now that it has fed, it will simply hang from a branch and relax for the next two weeks. Filled with information perfectly suited to the abilities and interests of its second-grade audience, this colorful, fact-filled volume introduces young readers to the everyday life of a green tree python. What does the snake eat? How does it catch its prey? Where does it lay its eggs? And how do adults and young pythons stay safe from predators in the forest? Throughout the book, readers are encouraged to make scientific observations based on the book's images and answer questions about green tree pythons' lives and physical characteristics. This innovative approach to teaching about wild animals gives young scientists the chance not only to read and learn the facts, but also to develop their own powers of observation and critical thinking.
From School Library Journal:
Gr 1-3-A tree habitat is the common element to this otherwise diverse range of animals. Like other Bearport series reviewed in this article, this set's writing and visual materials are effectively designed to meet the learning abilities of early elementary readers. Sentence length, labels, and captions convey enough information to engage students without overwhelming them. Questions, suggestions, and a simple "Science Lab" activity get kids thinking about what they're learning and serve as useful starting points for Common Core-based lessons. The color photos and maps correspond well with the texts. However, the combination of species information with more general data results in some potential confusion. For example, in Tree Frog, toucans are listed as "Tree Frog Predators," which is true for red-eyed tree frogs, but not for many other species. The set may address subject holes for rarely covered topics, although PowerKids's comparable "Up a Tree" series includes several of the animals featured here. α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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