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A Crash of Rhinos: and other wild animal…

A Crash of Rhinos: and other wild animal groups

by Greg Danylyshyn

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Using wild, and outrageous illustrations for each animal group, chances are good that you will remember the gaze of raccoons or tower of giraffes. ( )
  melodyreads | Mar 22, 2016 |
The idea for this book is great. The color, art style, and playful graphics are fun and engaging. Sideways pages are always fun as well. I can think of a lot of lesson plans that can be done with this book. Having a matching game to follow to see if kids can identify which group name belongs to which species and then add the race challenge to it could be fun. Also, this could be a good jump off for non-fiction research: choose a certain trait/aspect and then research 8-10 animals to get the different information) which can hit a lot of CCSS standards. The possibilities are wide as students can create a lot of jump off projects, depending on the grade/focus.

Spoiler Alert: These may appear as nitpicking, but when it comes to having little time and choosing the best books, I have to take these considerations in mind. There are a few tweaks that would have made this book great.

The layout seemed to start with a factoid being shared about a species of animal while telling what they are called in a group (in a wordplay/rhyming/rhythmic fashion). This could be better executed/ thought out as not many of the pages give a fact about the species. For example: the fact about rhinos poor eyesight is great, but the bears page doesn't offer that same great factoid ("always eager to solve any crime as long as it isn't hibernation time"). A better choice could have been something like, "A Sleuth is what a group of bears is called, and their giant flat feet make them stand massive like humans and walk super tall".

A few of the lines in the book don't make much sense or aren't as clear as to what it is talking about, which I had a student point out (What does "on the scent, their howls give them away?") Is it referring to the hounds' good sense of smell? It isn't clear, which disengages students if it happens too much.

Even still, the book is fun and engaging and should teach students about the name of the species' groups in a memorable fashion. The homonym wordplay is fun as well, with the vultures called a committee and then sharing about when they hold meetings. This is clever. The ending drops off with a final animal species and could create a closure to what was learned that would give it an ending feel and lasting impression with students, but overall it is a very useable and clever book. ( )
  AKcensorfree | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Introduces in rhyming text the collective names used for various animal groups.

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