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In My Backyard
ISBN: 9780977742318
Author: Giogas, Valarie/ Zecca, Katherine (ILT)
Publisher: Arbordale Pub
Published: June 2007
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Baby dogs are puppies and they belong to a litter, but what is a baby skunk called and what is the name of its family group? This clever, rhythmic story tells us just that! Counting from one to ten, familiar backyard animals are introduced by baby and family group name. Each stanza also tells a bit more about each animal by providing clues as to what they eat, how they sound or where they live. The ?For Creative Minds? section includes more animal fun facts, information on keeping a nature journal and how to watch for wildlife in your own backyard.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers
Library of Congress Subjects:
Animal behavior; Juvenile literature.
Animals; Infancy; Juvenile literature.
Counting; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 591.5
LCCN: bl2007015902
Lexile Measure: 820
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
Target Age Group: Age 5-6
Target Grade: Kindergarten
Grade level: Kindergarten
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 8.75" W
Lexile Level: 820
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 115948
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q41530
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
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Publisher Description:
Baby dogs are puppies and they belong to a litter, but what is a baby skunk called and what is the name of its family group? This clever, rhythmic story tells us just that Counting from one to ten, familiar backyard animals are introduced by baby and family group name. Each stanza also tells a bit more about each animal by providing clues as to what they eat, how they sound or where they live. The ?For Creative Minds? section includes more animal fun facts, information on keeping a nature journal and how to watch for wildlife in your own backyard.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
Jingly rhymes take readers on a bland journey from one to ten, naming animals that could be in a backyard ("In my backyard I can see / one doe's fawn / peeking at me"). Illustrated with softly naturalistic art, the book's book's a jumble but readers may learn some science vocabulary ("nymphs are baby grasshoppers"). Appended are wildlife information and a game. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
Jingly rhymes take readers on a bland journey from one to ten, naming animals that could be in a backyard ("In my backyard I can see / one doe's fawn / peeking at me"). Illustrated with softly naturalistic art, the book's book's a jumble but readers may learn some science vocabulary ("nymphs are baby grasshoppers"). Appended are wildlife information and a game. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 November)

PreS-Gr 3 —Young readers who are interested in learning about backyard creatures will welcome this rhyming counting book. From "one doe's fawn" to "a swarm of ten nymphs" (grasshoppers), Giogas introduces children to the group and baby names of 10 critters commonly found in woodland areas (the animals are identified at book's end). For example, a page showing skunks reads, "In my backyard I can see/a surfeit of seven kits/squinting at me./They hunt for grubs and ants and snails,/and sometimes eat the eggs of quails." Appended are additional facts about the highlighted species and tips on ways to observe, protect, and care for wildlife. The colorful illustrations are a good match for the text and at times provide visual clues. The book makes a pleasant read-aloud for younger listeners, while older children can enjoy it independently, though they might need help with a few of the more scientific terms. While not an essential purchase, it will be a useful addition for libraries in which nature books are popular.—Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

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