Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails

Bibliographic Information: Franco, Betsy, and Steve Jenkins. Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails. New York: Margaret K. McElderry : Simon & Schuster, 2008. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is a wonderful book that discusses the hidden shapes and patterns in nature. It is very poetic. It introduces geometric terms, such as symmetry. The back of the book has additional information included about the animals talked about throughout.

Genre: Nonfiction/Poetry

Grade Level: K – 3

Reader who will like this: Readers who enjoy nature, science, math, and so on would thoroughly enjoy this playfully lyrical text. The illustrations included are magnificent as well, and would be sure to capture any child’s attention.

Rating/Response: 5 – For young children, this book would be a great introduction to a science lesson about animals or a math lesson concerning geometry. Furthermore, this book could also be used to discuss poetry in the classroom and the illustrations could surely be used for artistic purposes. It is eye-catching and playfully written.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What can we guess about what the story will be about based on the title and cover?

Reading Strategy: Science

Rationale for Strategy: Although this story could really be used across all content areas (language arts, math, art, etc.), it would be a wonderful addition to any science lesson/classroom bookshelf, as it discusses shapes and patterns within nature.

Posted by: Emma Henke


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