Whose Bones?: An Animal Guessing Game

Phaidon. Sept. 2020. 28p. Board $12.95. ISBN 9781838661519.
PreS-Gr 1–This informational, foldout board book is for preschool and early elementary readers. Brewster’s illustrations of interesting and familiar animals will engage readers. Each page (and subsequent foldout) details the bones and anatomical structure of an animal while also providing fascinating facts. The first page displays bones and asks readers to guess the animal’s identity. The next page reveals its name. Budding archaeologists or young children with curious minds will love learning about the anatomy of their favorite animals, such as blue whales and chimpanzees. The text is written in an accessible type; the letters will look familiar to children starting school. Boldface terms, including skull and vertebrae, highlight key scientific vocabulary. Additionally, Balkan uses interactive phrases (“Let’s guess” and “Who am I?”) to create an interactive experience. This title could be used for independent reading or read-alouds. Diagrams, labels, and bullet points are included throughout. Balkan has also written a similar book for older elementary readers, Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals.
VERDICT Recommended for libraries and families looking to expand their nonfiction collections for young children.

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