Thursday, August 9, 2012

Narrative Nonfiction Takes It Up a Notch

PLUTO VISITS EARTH by Steve Metzger with illustrations by Jared Lee. Scholastic/Orchard Book, 2012.

When Pluto is downgraded to a dwarf planet, it heads down to earth to file a complaint with the astronomers. Along with the humorous look at why the other planets will not accompany Pluto on his mission, readers will gain some knowledge about planets and now they are classified. <429>

OCEAN SUNLIGHT: HOW TINY PLANTS FEED THE SEAS by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm with illustrations by Molly Bang. Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, 2012.

Breathtaking illustrations in various shades of blue show how the food chain operates in the ocean and how it depends on sunlight to work. <430>

FARM FRIENDS by Wendell Minor. Putnam, 2012.

In short verses, Minor takes readers through the farm introducing them to the farm animals. Cows, pigs, cats, turkeys, and lambs seem to jump right off the page.

APPLES A TO Z by Margaret McNamara with illustrations by Jake Parker. Scholastic, 2012.

This alphabet book includes various aspects of the apple including where they are grown (in all 50 states) and how they can be used. <432>

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