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Friday, August 08, 2008

Book Review: Pre-K Books

Today, I am recommending two lovely read-a-long picture books about flying animals. Both books are perfect for your toddlers through grade 1 children.


Hello, Bumblebee Bat by Darrin Lunde, Illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne

This is the story of the tiniest bat in the world– the Bumblebee Bat of Thailand. The bat is actually the size of a bumblebee! Using a simple Q&A style, the author introduces readers to this amazing creature of conservation concern. He describes how they hunt for moths to eat, avoid predators like owls, and how the bat lives in large colonies in caves. The illustrations are very eye-popping as well. The prose is simple and easy to read. Soon, your youngsters may be reciting the line to you.





Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre, Illustrated by Steve Jenkins.

This is the story of North America’s most common vulture – the Turkey Vulture. During Spring, Summer, and Autumn months in Missouri, you can see soaring black silhouettes circling in the warm sky above. The story of the Turkey Vulture is presented with several short poems on each page, along with bold illustrations of vultures at work. And they do important work for the environment – they eat meat from dead animals! The details in the back of the book provide more in-depth information about the species, its habits, and way of life. This is a perfect book to read before a nature outing with your young ones.

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