Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Animal Structure and Classification


Animal Structure and Classification
Building Blocks of Science
By Joseph Midthun
Illustrated by Samuel Hiti
World Book, 2014. Nonfiction, 32 p.

This is one of an interesting new set of nonfiction books by World Book.  The text reads like a science book, but it is illustrated as a graphic novel.  This volume contains a thorough discussion of animal classification. The authors do not shy away from using correct scientific terminology, but the illustrations and text make clear any unfamiliar terms.  By the time the reader gets to the end of the book they will have a general understanding the levels of taxonomy and that animals are classified by what physical traits they have in common. The comic-like illustrations make this a good choice for reluctant readers.

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