Bashful Ball Pythons
Bashful Ball Pythons

Series: Unusual Pets   

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Annotation: Simple text and color photos introduce the ball python as a pet, followed by a simple rhyming story about a young girl and her pet snake.
Catalog Number: #600050079
Format: Ebook
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Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: c2013
Illustrator: Nobens, C. A.,
Pages: 24 p.
Territory: World
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: 1-614-80749-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-614-80749-0
Dewey: 639.3
Language: English
Horn Book
Following a common introduction to unusual pets and a brief list of species-specific "basics," each of these books features four double-page spreads of general facts about the animal, followed by an eight-page story in singsongy rhyme accompanied by cartoony illustrations. The information is minimal; the photographs on the nonfiction pages are engaging. "Fun Facts" and a quiz are appended. Glos.
School Library Journal
DOUDNA, Kelly . Cheeky Chinchillas . ISBN 978-1-61783-398-4 ; ISBN 978-1-61480-750-6 . LC 2011050725. DOUDNA, Kelly . Hilarious Hedgehogs . ISBN 978-1-61783-399-1 ; ISBN 978-1-61480-751-3 . LC 2011050726. KUSKOWSKI, Alex . Magnificent Macaws . ISBN 978-1-61783-400-4 ; ISBN 978-1-61480-752-0 . LC 2011050727. KUSKOWSKI, Alex . Portly Potbellied Pigs . ISBN 978-1-61783-401-1 ; ISBN 978-1-61480-753-7 . LC 2011050812. KUSKOWSKI, Alex . Tricky Tarantulas . ISBN 978-1-61783-402-8 ; ISBN 978-1-61480-754-4 . LC 2011050813. ea vol: illus. by C.A. Nobens. 24p. (Unusual Pets Series). glossary. photos. ABDO . 2013. PLB $22.78; ebook $22.78. K-Gr 2&12; This series is an odd melding of fact with fiction. The books begin with five spreads of basic information about the featured pet, followed by an eight-page illustrated story in rhyme. The simple texts are accessible to beginning readers, but there is little here for researchers who want to know how to feed, house, and take care of these animals. The stories, which sometimes add humor, feature multicultural children and their pets but don't provide additional facts. The stock photos clearly show the creatures, though often their owners (mentioned in the text) are not in view. Each title also contains a page of "Fun Facts," a quiz, and a note cautioning readers to further research the needs of unusual animals before bringing one home. PowerKids's "Classroom Pets" series (2007) covers some of the same creatures in more detail, though it is at a higher reading level.
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School Library Journal (4/1/13)
Word Count: 381
Reading Level: 2.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 157520 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 500L

This charming book introduces young readers to something out of the ordinary, unusual pets. The first part of this book uses photographs and text to describe the care ball pythons need. The second part is a rhyming story with custom illustrations that depicts a young girl who takes care of her ball python. Interesting animal facts and a quick quiz provide additional reading and learning fun! Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.Sandcastle is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

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