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Packs: Strength in Numbers

HMH. Jan. 2020. 48p. $17.99. ISBN 9781328577887.
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PreS-Gr 2–Lions, flamingos, and wolves stick together in a pride, a flamboyance, or a pack for protection and teamwork. This technique has proven successful for hunting, mating, and raising young animals. Beautiful two-page spreads enliven Salyer’s narrative. Frogs, rendered in various shades of green, are depicted in their marshes, ponds, and swamps. Lions glow in shades of gold, and buffalo seem to thunder off the pages. Perfectly matched to the illustrations, the simple sentences summarize the animals’ qualities. The final group shows a diverse collection of humans in an urban setting dancing, eating, skateboarding, and dog-walking to solidify the message that there truly is strength in numbers. All the animals are numbered and identified on one of the last pages of resources. This format is very helpful, especially in the case of zoanthids, gold saddle goatfish, and plate coral.
VERDICT A must-purchase for every collection. Salyer offers a beautiful look at Earth’s herding creatures.

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