HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Animals of the Rainforest: Piranhas
Author: Sam Dollar
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, republished in 2001
ISBN-13: 978-0739831014 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0739831011 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780739833612 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0739833618 (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 8 and up
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Dollar, Sam. Animals of the Rainforest: Piranhas (published in 2000 by Steck-Vaughn Company). The piranha, called the caribe in Venezuela, is a member of the family Characidae in the order Characiformes, an omnivorous freshwater fish that inhabits South American rivers. It is known for its sharp teeth and a voracious appetite for meat. When they were young, both of our boys were fascinated by such kinds of creatures, so we checked this book in the Fisher Price: Animals of the Rainforest series out of the library to accompany their homeschool science studies about fish. Other similar books in the series by Sam Dollar include Anteaters (2003), Caimans (2000), Toucans (2000), Ocelots (2001), and Boa Constrictors (2001).
All the books in this series aim to teach the reader about the rainforest through a close look at the various sorts of unique animals that live there. They present the mesmerizing beauty of the wildlife that lives in the rainforest. Chapters comprehensively describe the life cycle of each animal, how it interacts with its environment, its habits, and its lifestyle, and detail the threats it faces from human and environmental sources. Each book contains a range map and a “quick look at” feature which gives pupils a brief overview of the basic facts. There are dramatic full page photography and interesting page features as well.