Move!

Bibliographic Information: Jenkins, S., & Page, R. (2006). Move!. Boston Mass.: Houghton Mifflin.

Brief Annotation: Each page features a verb describing how one animal moves, then seamlessly transitions into another verb on the following page. The last few pages include extra information about each featured species.

Genre: nonfiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Children who like animals and science (specifically biology); children who enjoy creative movement and actions.

Rating/Response: 5 This book has awesome illustrations and a clever layout. It offers a lot of room for creative movement with students, as well as reading together – the verbs are largely printed on each page and are easily visible for all to read at once.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What are the different ways you move from place to place? What parts of your body do you use? Where do you move to?

Reading Strategy: Science

Rationale for Strategy: This book is about a variety of animals and how they move. You can easily get into why they move the way they do – habitat, physical traits, etc.

Posted by: Caitlin Miller

Quick plug for Steve Jenkins: All the other books of his I checked out at the library are just as creative and fun! There are many opportunities to have interaction discussion with your class as you read – check out What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? It explores variances in animal traits and how they use each trait (nose, tail, ear) differently.

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