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25 November 2011

Review: National Geographic Kids

While non-fiction books aren't normally my thing, I loved the photographs, easy words yet concept heavy style of the Ponies and Sea Turtles books by Laura Marsh. 

Ponies by Laura Marsh
Ponies is replete with brilliant photographs and catchy content that will both teach and entertain. Children will be captivated as they watch a brand new baby foal walk within minutes of being born then quickly turn into one of the most graceful animals on Earth. Like all of our level 1 readers written by skilled children’s books authors, this title invites kids to learn more about their favorite topics in a familiar format that instills success.

I really liked how Laura Marsh used the harder to understand / animal specific vocabulary in a way that was supported both by pictures and also in context.  The only downside of this book, in my opinion, is that it jumps from concept to concept quickly, making it a little hard to follow.

Sea Turtles by Laura Marsh
Who could resist celebrating sea turtles? They may seem like lazy ocean reptiles drifting with the oceans’ currents, but they are actually long-distance swimmers that spend their entire lives searching for food and a mate. What’s more, they come with their own built-in GPS, returning to the exact beach where they were born to lay their own eggs. Kids will learn all about these tranquil and mysterious animals through brilliant photography and illustrations, plus the trusted and distinctive content you love from NG Kids!

Much like Ponies, Sea Turtles combines photographs and context to introduce concept specific vocabulary.  Again, the book is jumpy (from one idea to another), but it made more sense in this book. 

All in all, the photographs are beautiful.  I'd check these books out again just for those, but the content is great, too! 

Ponies was nominated by Jennifer Warton
Sea Turtles was nominated by Debbie 

*I read these books as they are Cybils nominated.  All opinions expressed are mine alone, and not that of the judging panel.*

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