Archive for ‘Informational Text’

May 28, 2011

Slap, Squeak, & Scatter: How Animals Communicate

Slap, Squeak, & Scatter: How Animals Communicate
Author/Illustrator: Steve Jenkins
Copyright 2001 Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 0-618-03376-9
Genre: Informational Text

Steve Jenkins again captures his audience with the use of layering and texture in his collage illustrations.  The pictures in his book, Slap, Squeak, & Scatter: How Animals Communicate, come to life as Jenkins explains the different ways animals communicate.  Animal communication is a scientific area of study, and with this book, readers can explore how animals notify each other of danger, signal that they want to play, or attract a mate for reproduction.  Jenkins’s text is presented in a simple, understandable fashion so readers of all ages can enjoy it.

May 26, 2011

How Much Is a Million?

How Much Is a Million?
Author: David M. Schwartz
Illustrator: Steven Kellogg
Copyright 1985 Mulberry Books
ISBN: 0-688-09933-5
Genre: Informational Text

Very often, abstract concepts are difficult for children to understand, especially children affected by autism spectrum disorders.  In the children’s book How Much Is a Million?, large, abstract numbers such as one million are described in a much more user-friendly manner.  Comparisons are presented in concrete terms that kids are familiar with so these large numbers aren’t so confusing after reading the book.  The bright, interesting illustrations provide enjoyment as kids learn about the magic of large numbers.

May 15, 2011

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
Author & Illustrator: Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Copyright 2003  Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 0-618-25628-8
Genre: Informational Text

With the use of beautiful collage-like illustrations, the authors of What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? teach children about different animals and how they use their body parts to communicate, eat, and survive in the wild.  The interactive text engages the young reader with a guessing game in which the reader is shown a body part and is asked to guess which animal it belongs to.  At the end of the text, each animal is outlined and the reader is offered additional information on each.  The scientifically accurate illustrations, the interactive format, and the factual and interesting information combine to create a good quality children’s book.