HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Find the Wild Animal
Author: Cate Foley
Publisher: Children’s Press, republished in 2006
ISBN-13: 978-0516230986 (hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0516230980 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0516230238 (paperback)
ISBN-10: 0516230239 (paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-7
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Foley, Cate. Find the Wild Animal (published in 2000 and republished in 2006 by Children’s Press, CT). This is one of the Welcome Books in their Hide and Seek series. The truly innovative approach of this series includes a game on every page. The instructions to look closely and then answer a specific question about a clear color photograph, immediately draws the youngster into the book. In Find the Wild Animal, on one page, children seek an animal camouflaged in its natural habitat. The next photo shows only the animal. When they turn the page, the third photograph is the same as the first but has replaced the animal with a white silhouette to make it clear where it was located so that it can be instantly “found.” This book was perfect for our younger son Jeremy when he was learning to read because he really enjoyed books with picture puzzles.
The wonders of nature and animal camouflage will intrigue newly independent readers as they discover how the coloring and sometimes the texture of the four animals mentioned keep them hidden. The entire series uses short, simple sentences, and controlled vocabulary. In the back, there is a vocabulary section that provides a pronunciation guide and a written definition, along with a page “To Find Out More,” which includes the titles of other books to read and some web sites for further information, and an index as well. Other Welcome Books are Watching the Stars (Watching Nature) and Bengal Tiger (Animals of the World) both by Edana Eckart, and George Washington (Real People) by Philip Abraham.