Students will build reading comprehension skills while they learn about animals and the people that work with them.
In Companion and Therapy Animals, readers will learn about the animals that are trained to help a variety of people in need. From examining the needs of people with physical limitations, social disorders, and more, young readers will love turning the pages as they gain valuable information and are prompted to answer questions along the way.
The Animal Matters series allows readers to explore the world of animals and the people that work with them while also building reading comprehension skills. Each 24-page title features full-color photographs, real-world applications, content vocabulary, and more to effectively engage young learners.
These titles explore the working relationships between people and animals. Images and brief text depict real people, animals, and agencies. Photos vary from small to full page and sometimes are also used to recap information. Maps, “Furry Facts” boxes, and graphs add further information. The main text concludes with a “How Can You Help?” list of follow-up ideas (such as letting others know about the importance of spaying and neutering pets or starting a food drive to raise money for a local animal shelter). With its focus on career options, People Who Care for Animals may appeal to kids with aspirations to work with animals. Designed to work with the Common Core Literacy objectives, each title lists pre- and post-reading activities, including a “Show What You Know” list of questions. Some awkward phrasing mars these books, and a few potentially unfamiliar terms go undefined. VERDICT Overlook the small problems, and these titles may be useful to adults working with animal-loving youth.