Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - June is for animal books, post 1 - 6.03.2020

Wednesdays I join Alyson Beecher from kidlitfrenzy and other
#kidlit bloggers to share wonderful nonfiction picture books.
The intention of today's blog post is to give professionals that work in the
education field new nonfiction reading material and ideas to use 
with students to promote a love of reading nonfiction materials.

Welcome to the month of June.  I'll be celebrating the animals of the great outdoors this month.  Check out these incredible animals!

Clever Hans by Kerri Kokias
Clever Hans: The True Story of the Counting, Adding, and Time-Telling Horse

written by Kerri Kokias
illustrated by Mike Lowery
I feel like I've read about this horse before, but can't remember from where... can you think of another story about this intelligent horse?
Clever Hans was an actual horse that could do all sorts of math problems his owner, Mr. Wilhelm von Osten, gave him.  People from all over came to see him "answer" (tap his hoof the amount equal to the answer) these problems.  Scientists questioned how the horse could answer these problems correctly and one of the conclusions may surprise you!

Eat Your Rocks, Croc! by Jess Keating
Eat Your Rocks, Croc! Dr. Glider's Advice for Troubled Animals
written by Jess Keating
illustrated by Pete Oswald
Using a fictional voice of Dr. Glider, a sugar glider turned animal doctor, we learn about some ailments of different animals.  Each ailment has a very practical reason, as explained by Dr. Glider.  For example, from the title, Carl Crocodile has a horrible stomach ache.  However, as we learn from Dr. Glider, it's probably because he isn't eating enough rocks!  On the far right page of each double layout, there are separate boxes that gives the reader more scientific information about the animal's challenge.  So on this page, we learn that because crocodiles don't chew their food, they need rocks to help grind up the food so it can be digested.
Readers who enjoy Keating's The World of Weird Animals series will enjoy this one!

* Looking to find one of the books in this post?  Click on the book title and you will be taken to an online link for Brain Lair Books.  The books will stay on the link for approx. three weeks before making room for new reads.  Please support independent bookstores.*

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