Whose Tongue is This? 3 out of 5 stars #bookaday

Whose Tongue is This? book cover

by Joanne Randolph
PowerKids Press, New York, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4042-4455-9
Description: 24 p. : col. ill. ; 19 x 20 cm.
Dewey: 590
Subject: Expository nonfiction; animal tongues; question and answer format
Interest Level: PreK-1; Reading Level: 2.6
Lexile measure: 590
3 out of 5 stars

Summary from publisher: “Simple text challenges young readers to identify animals based on images and descriptions of their tongues.”

Evaluation: This book is very similar in style to What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins. However, this book is geared for a much younger audience. The question and answer format is similar between the two books, but that is about all.

Whose Tongue is This? has minimal text. The first part of each section has a one sentence question with a short description of the tongue, and the answer is also one sentence that identifies the animal and repeats the description that was in the question.

Whose tongue is small and pink?

This kitten’s tongue is small and pink.

Randolph uses photographs, close-ups and full views of each animals, to keep readers engaged and guessing the animal. There are five different animals featured, and they range from a kitten to a giraffe to lizards.

This book includes a table of contents, page numbers, highlighted keywords, an index, and a website address to find links to additional information.

This would make a great beginning nonfiction read-aloud experience for very young listeners, but is too simple for children over 5.

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