A soaring eagle. A howling coyote. A growling grizzly. These are not just everyday animals. They are icons--symbols or emblems of values that transmit culture. This series examines these majestic creatures and their evolution to cultural importance. Readers will also discover the appearance, habitat, diet, life cycle, and predators of these national treasures. And, they will learn about historical and modern efforts to preserve them.
Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Checkerboard Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
- Spring 2021
- Fall 2020
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Subject||Animals, Science & Technology|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Dimensions||8 x 8|
|Features||Detailed maps, Glossary of key words, Index, Reviewed, and Table of contents|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
Animal Icons – Library Media Connection
This series provides a detailed look at these animals that are so closely associated with our country. . . . Each two-page spread consists of a color photograph with narrative, captions, and frequent informational boxes overlaid opaquely. . . . Overall, these are quality texts that information-hungry students will get a lot from.
Animal Icons – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
This well-organized series features animals that have become cultural symbols in America. After a brief introduction, the chapters proceed in logical order, discussing the animal’s history, body specifics, (“Plate to Plate” in Armadillos, “Beak to Talons” in Bald Eagles, etc.), behavior, life cycle, eating habits, and expectations for future survival. Each volume includes a chapter that explains why the featured creature is considered iconic; myths and stories about it are also infused throughout the lively texts. Glossary words are in bold font. Additional information is provided by way of “Icon Extras” text boxes; clear, color photographs (most of them captioned), maps, etc. abound. . . . Positive additions for most collections.