Mammals: A Compare and Contrast Book

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Mammals: A Compare and Contrast Book
All mammals share certain characteristics that set them apart from animal classes. But some mammals live on land and other mammals spend their lives in water—each is adapted to its environment. Land mammals breathe oxygen through nostrils but some marine mammals breathe through blowholes. Compare and contrast mammals that live on land to those that live in the water.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 67-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Mammals is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension. Tap animals and other things that make noise to hear their sounds.

Written by Katharine Hall
32 pg, 8.5x10, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3, Lexile: 610
Hardcover 9781628557299 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628557367 $10.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628557435 $11.95  
French Paperback 9781643517346 $11.95  
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Spanish EBook 9781628557718 Purchase Here
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Keywords:   animal classification, compare and contrast, mammal, marine mammal, animal signs, Compare and Contrast Series
Animals in the book:   baboon, beluga whale, bottlenose dolphin, cat, dog, elk, goat, gorilla, grizzly bear, horse, human, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, manatee, pig, river otter, sea lion, sea otter, sheep
Vetters:   Thanks to Tiffany Vanderwerf, Curator of Education, and Emily Simms, Education Intern, at the Buffalo Zoo for reviewing the accuracy of the information in this book.

Books in this "Compare and Contrast Series" include:


Yes, Hall does hit on all the characteristics that make an animal a mammal, but these facts are presented in a way that allows children to compare and contrast various mammal species. - Kirkus Reviews

This book is packed with information written in easy-to-understand language that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners. It talks about the important features that make an animal a mammal: breathing air, having a spine, being warm blooded, having hair or fur, giving birth to live babies, and more. - San Francisco Book Review

Filled with stunning action color photos of different mammals to teach common characteristics of mammals, such as a spine that connects all the way from the skull to the tail. - Midwest Book Review

Author/Illustrator Info:

Katharine Hall is a life-long nature lover and avid reader. She hopes the Compare and Contrast series will help children use critical thinking skills to explore and learn about the natural world around them. Katharine has written four books in the series: Amphibians and Reptiles, Polar Bears and Penguins, Clouds and Trees. Katharine and her husband live in South Carolina with their dogs and two mischievous cats.


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