"This series has books for a variety of grade levels. Some suit the K–2 crowd, while others are better for grades 3–4 or 5–6. The strength of the series is that the format is the same in every book. Each begins with a science puzzle related to the topic. The next section introduces real-world applications of the principles or forces at work, such as magnets, weather, or human body systems. A discovery activity encourages further investigation, while another section traces the topic back in history. As the book is read, details are revealed that help the reader choose the correct solution to the puzzle. A final section discusses more real-life uses or examples. Notes in the back of the books answer questions posed throughout the text (with page references). Photos and diagrams support the text well.
VERDICT The format makes this series handy for planning class investigations." -School Library Journal
"This 24-page primary science book introduces basic information about what animals need to live and be healthy. Readers are told that there is a new exhibit at the zoo. They are then presented with information about animals that will help them decide which animal will be living in the exhibit.The authors of this series use a problem-based learning scenario and questioning techniques that encourage science inquiry. This volume includes an iScience Puzzle with an explanation of how to solve it, a discover activity, a "science at work" section, connections to history, a glossary, sources for further reading, and additional notes. The illustrations are photographs.This is a high-quality, durable book—perfect for the classroom. I highly recommend this book to teachers of students in grades K to 3. Upper-grade teachers with special education students as well as teachers using differentiated instruction will also find this book to be very useful." -National Science Teacher's Association
"Summary: On a visit to the zoo, you encounter an empty exhibit. What animal(s) will live there? The book helps students solve the puzzle by supplying information like what an animal is, how animals live, what they need and what's bad for them. Evaluation: This is an excellent book for young students who are interested in animals. It's part of the series Science Readers A. The concepts are basic, yet interesting, and the photographs complement the text. There is enough information to satisfy most young readers, but gives a website for students who desire more info. This book could be read aloud to students, put in a center, or a school or classroom library. This book also includes an index, glossary, additional notes, and further reading." -Richmond Public Schools
"This is a great series for beginning science introduction and study. Books are easy to manage both in size and amount of pages. Each book has a colorful cover wtih a round colorful picture of the subject. Inside it is packed with information with great photographs. Text is 2-3 paragraphs per page. There are additional features highlighting the topic and sub-topic headings. I like the science puzzle at the beginning - almost an ice breaker into the topic. The discovery activity is a great hands on example of the topic. Very nice series for the younger elementary." -Garland Independent School District