Animals, Cyblis Awards 2018

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Back of Book:
Timely and inspiring, The Hyena Scientist sets the record straight about one of history’s most hated and misunderstood mammals, while featuring the groundbreaking, pioneering research of a female scientist in a predominately male field in this offering by Sibert-winning duo Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop.

As a scientist studying one of the only mammalian societies led entirely by females, zoologist Kay Holecamp has made it her life’s work to understand hyenas, the fascinating, complex creatures that are playful, social, and highly intelligent—almost nothing like the mangy monsters of pop culture lore.
My Review:
I have never studied much about hyenas and found this book to be a fantastic nonfiction text that teaches readers all about this slightly unknown animal. The book follows zoologist Kay Holecamp as she studies the resistance and intelligence of hyenas. I love that the text is broken down into chapters with easy to understand titles. Readers know what they will be reading before they read it. The color photos are beautiful and show hyenas in their natural habitats. This is an excellent book to share in classrooms and gives readers a new perspective on hyenas.
80 Pages
Ages 10 and up

Animals

A Frog’s Life by Irene Kelly

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Back of Book:
Frogs, frogs, and more frogs! This exciting survey of the world’s frog species will introduce children to varieties as diverse as the golden poison frog (the planet’s most toxic animal), the Amau frog (so tiny it’s no bigger than a housefly), and the Chinese gliding frog (which can “fly” up to 17 feet)! Their different hunting techniques, preferred foods, body types, and methods of defense are covered, as are the universal basics of the frog life cycle.
One of the science standards in Kindergarten is to teach my students the frog life cycle. I am always on the lookout for well written and researched books that I can use as an introduction to my life cycle unit.
A Frogs Life by Irene Kelly is a fantastic story that teaches readers facts and details about frogs. It begins by discussing that frogs are amphibians and giving readers that definition. The book then goes on to discuss how frogs breath underwater, catch their food and lay eggs. The text is written in an easy to read format that allows readers to clearly comprehend what is being taught to them. The illustrations are scientifically accurate and match the text beautifully. The back of the book has a helpful index, as well as ways that people can help protect frogs. This is a great nonfiction story because it teaches readers so many facts, while still keeping them engaged. A great addition to any classroom or elementary library.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Animals

How Do You Take a Bath? by Kate McMullan

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Back of Book:
Follow elephants, pigs, monkeys, hippos, and more in this charming rhyming picture book from veteran author Kate McMullan. How does a pig take a bath? It sinks in the mud! What about a chicken? It thrashes about in dust! And a cat? Why, it licks itself clean, of course! Sydney Hanson’s adorable illustrations toggle neatly between animals in nature grooming themselves and humorous depictions of children attempting the animals’ bathing tactics.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from Alfred A. Knopf in exchange for an honest review.
I a completely in love with this charming story about the different ways that animals take baths. Author Kate McCullan chose several different types of animals and gave readers a variety of different animals to show readers the unique ways that animals bathe. The simple rhyming text is perfect for beginning readers. I love at Kate compared the animal’s way of bathing to how we bathe. This simple concept allows readers to compare and contrast the animals and themselves. The illustrations from Sydney Hanson are nothing short of enduring. The colors are soft and draw a readers eye to the adorable antics on each page. This is a perfect book to cuddle up with before bedtime and enjoy the giggles.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

Animals, Read Your World

If I Had a Gryphon By Vikki VanSickle

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Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are
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Back of Book:
Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are shy, hippogriffs scare the dogs at the dog park, and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. In the end, Sam realizes that her hamster is a pretty sweet and safe pet … or is he?
My Review:
It is not often that I find a picture book that discusses mythological creatures in a way that younger audiences can follow along with. I was very excited to find if I Had A Gryphon, It is a cute story about a young girl who is not happy with her simple hamster. Instead she imagines all the fantastic beasts that she could have instead. I loved all the different animals that this book shares. It describes each creature and teaches readers about what makes them unique. I loved the rhyming it allowed the students to follow along with Sam. A great story to read to begin a writing prompt or a compare and contrast assignment. The illustrations are detailed and give readers a clear picture of what the fantastic beasts look like. This is definitely one of my favorite stories that came from the Scholastic magazine’s this year.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Animals

Terrific Tongues! By Maria Gianferrari

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Back of Book:
In this nonfiction picture book, kids will learn about the woodpecker, which uses its tongue to burrow for insects under tree bark; the okapi, which can wash its face and ears with its tongue; and the octopus, which uses its tongue to drill holes in shells. Through debut illustrator Jia Liu’s bright, playful collage artwork, readers can imagine what it would be like to have a tongue like a sword, like a straw, or like a party blower, among many other silly and illuminating comparisons. The back matter expands on each animal tongue’s unique abilities and includes information about other fun tongues, too.
My Review:
I was so excited to win a copy of this fabulous story. I have become such a huge fan of anything that Maria Gianferrari writes. She has a true talent for taking fun animal facts and turning them into fantastic picture books. This story is not exception. I have never found a book that has the topic of animal tongues. Each page teaches readers about how the animals uses its tongue a unique way. I love that readers can try to guess what animal will be on the next page. It keeps them engaged and excited! The illustrations are fun and colorful, while still showing readers the differences in animals. A perfect nonfiction picture book to add to any school classroom or library.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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