This book introduces young readers to the buffalo, also known as the bison, a sacred animal in many cultures. Easy-to-read text examines the buffalo's development as a cultural icon, from Native American totems and rituals through tales and legends of the American West, to its status as a symbol of the Great Plains. Readers will also learn about the buffalo's body, its appearance, size, and color. Buffalo reproduction is discussed, as is calf development and life cycle. Readers will discover what buffaloes like to eat and how they survive harsh winters. Also covered is the buffalo's habitat, and a range map shows where in the world buffaloes live. Informative sidebars highlight additional information, including the buffalo's scientific classification. Predators and threats are discussed, as are historical and modern conservation efforts to preserve this special creature. Bolded glossary terms, phonetic spellings, and an index enhance readability for young iconologists.
Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Checkerboard Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
|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|
|Guided Reading Level||P|
|ATOS Reading Level||4.4|
|ATOS Interest Level||MG|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||157342|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|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.