Saturday, March 31, 2018

"Highly engaging, fascinating animal science for readers," says School Library journal, Series Made Simple

I have wonderful news for the Animal Secrets Revealed! series. I am delighted to share the praise it received from School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

SMS compares that season’s series nonfiction, subject by subject. SLJ’s reviewers examine each set for currency, relevance, comprehensiveness, accuracy, adherence to education standards, and, of course, appeal, and provide a comparison among the series as well as a “bottom line” on which to buy. 
Animal Secrets Revealed! is one of this season’s picks!


ea vol: 48p. (Animal Secrets Revealed!). charts. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Enslow. Aug. 2017. lib. ed. $27.93. pap. $11.70.

Gr 4-7 –Each book presents five examples of scientists from around the world (most from the United States and Europe) working to discover new information about an animal. Each chapter starts with a moment that triggered the scientist’s curiosity about the animal’s behavior, then describes the process of developing experiments, analyzing results, and drawing conclusions. The animal “secrets” are all intriguing, as are the strategies used to unravel the mystery. The scientists’ own words, based on interviews with the author, capture the excitement of experimentation and discovery. Most of the research is current, though dates are usually provided only in the chapter notes. Some chapters include photographs of the scientists, sometimes interacting with their subjects, but others rely more on stock photos of animals. The stories themselves, though, are highly engaging, providing insight into modern scientific techniques and animal behaviors. VERDICT: Fascinating animal science for readers.”

“Enslow’s “Animal Secrets Revealed!” stands out for its lively exploration of contemporary scientists and their discoveries.”

The Animal Secrets Revealed! series includes hands-on activities, and, in addition, teacher’s guides for each book in the series are available for free download on my website

The good news don’t stop here. Enslow is offering a discount on the books to school libraries. Check the details here.

And for readers who are curious about science, Animal Secrets revealed! is available in paperback. Click here and then on the image of the book to purchase.

Would you like your students to have a first-row seat on the "lively exploration of contemporary [animal] scientists and their discoveries"? I am available for school visits, in person and via Skype. Email me for more details.

Thank you!
Ana Maria Rodriguez

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