Nonfiction 32 pages © 2020
Gail Gibbons is one of those authors known far and wide for writing science picture books that keeps readers spellbound.
Mentor Text: Use this picture book as a mentor text to show students how or organize and write an informational unit. While there are no chapters, Gibbons does a wonderful job of using illustrations along with labeled diagrams. She also includes two pages to compare the differences between a sea turtle and a turtle. The last page has four interesting facts about the two different turtles. While the text is limited on each page to about three or four sentences, the vocabulary is not for beginning readers. However, the vocabulary used can be figured out with context clues making this a great mentor text.
Picture Book: This title would be a good supplement to add to a science unit. While the size of the pictures is not large, they are bright and engaging and students would be drawn in to select this title to read on their own. For beginning readers, the text would be too challenging but this makes a good read-to-me choice. Younger readers could also read the pictures.