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Picture Book Saturday: Bone by Bone

The Deets:
Genre: picture book, non-fiction
Pages: 32
Publisher: October 1st 2013 by Millbrook Press
ISBN: 9780761384649
Source: eARC from Publisher via Netgalley

Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons

What animal would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? Or what if you had no leg bones but kept your arm bones? This picture book will keep you guessing as you read about how human skeletons are like and unlike those of other animals.

I am a big fan of nonfiction for kids. I always buy informational/nonfiction books for my kids to read. I figure, reading is important on its own, so why not get a 2-for-1 deal in the process? On a good day, they might learn something from that book!

Bone by Bone is an informational book that teaches younger readers about different animals and their skeletons through riddles. The most common animals are covered with pretty easy clues. The illustrations are interesting, and I'm certain younger readers will be fascinated by them. I liked that the key vocabulary words were set apart from the rest of the text in large font of varying colors. There is also a glossary at the end of the book for additional information.

I would take this book a step further with my own kids and challenge them to think of more animals to include in the book. My boys love to draw, so they would enjoy the creative representation involved. (Honestly, I'm pretty sure most kids would.)

Bone by Bone is a quick read suitable for younger readers still learning about their environment. Older readers may find the riddle too easy.


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.

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