Published by: National Geographic Children’s Books (February 12, 2013)
Available in: paperback, library binding, Kindle, NOOK
At the time of this review there were 15 books in the National Geographic Kids Chapters series.
National Geographic Kids Chapters: Animal Superstars is a non-fiction chapter book that perfectly blends story, action, facts and emotion. Individual stories spotlight diverse histories and talents, but each portrait has real muscle and heart.
The book is composed of three parts, each focused on a different animal: a motocross-loving dog, a brain-damaged but sweet groundhog and a guitar-playing cat. Each animal’s section is divided into easily handled small chapters, as well as fun facts, training tips and excellent photographs.
Writer Newman adeptly milks those elements that kids will most identify with: the zest of speeding along on a motorcycle, the joys of friendship, the tenderness of helping an animal in need, the acceptance of disability, the appreciation of an opinionated cat and the goofiness of animals doing tricks. Tough vocabulary words are sounded out, and sentences are kept short and on point. It’s a quick but engrossing read.
Because each animal’s story stands alone, this is an excellent choice for spring break or summer reading. A child could put the book down between sections, and it wouldn’t disrupt the pleasure of reading each story. And when your child puts the book down, you might just find yourself picking it up for a quick smile.
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