What’s the Difference? An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story

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What’s the Difference? An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story
You can celebrate the huge difference caring people make for endangered animals while you practice subtraction skills.  In this sequel to her popular addition title, What's New at the Zoo?, Slade presents a new subtraction problem in each clever rhyming verse.  The colorful watercolors include realistic animals set in lush spreads by illustrator, Joan Waites. So join in the celebration of our world's precious animals with this exciting title, and have fun practicing math skills along the way! The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Endangered Animal Vocabulary, Food Chains and Webs, Missing Links in Food Chains, Endangered Animals, and Fact Families.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor and rhyming text includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 65-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. What’s the Difference? 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.

Written by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Joan Waites
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3, Lexile: AD 960, AR: 3.1, F&P: M
Hardcover 9781607180708 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607180814 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628554007 $11.95  
EBook 9781607182948 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628551259 Purchase Here
Keywords:   rhyme, subtraction, counting, endangered animals, math, environmental education, food chains
Animals in the book:   Gray bat, Whooping crane, American crocodile, Red Wolf, Mississippi gopher frog, Southern sea otter, Utah prairie dog, Bald eagle, West Indian manatees, Karner blue butterfly, Atlantic Salmon, Bowhead whales, eagles, prairie dog, Karner blue butterfly, whooping crane, gopher frog, crocodile, salmon, bowhead whale, manatee, sea otter, gray bat, red wolf
Vetters:   Thanks to Kelly Ann Bibb, Recovery Coordinator, Endangered Species Program, US Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region and Terri Jacobson, Wildlife Biologist & Environmental Education Specialist, Endangered Species Field Office, US Fish and Wildlife Service for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

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Public and school libraries would find this a useful title for their collection, as would nature centers, museums, or the book lists of environmental, nature, or outdoor educators. - ALA Social Responsibility Roundtable

You will learn how many of these creatures became endangered, what is being done to protect and keep them safe, and in some cases, you'll find out if their numbers have increased. - Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Media

As we read about what is being done to help endangered animals, we can be made to hope that no more species will be ?subtracted? from the circle of life on earth. - Home School Book Review

Author/Illustrator Info:

Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of over 80 books for children including The Great Divide, Multiply on the Fly, What's the Difference?, What's New at the Zoo?, and Animals are Sleeping for Arbordale. Her works include picture books, biographies, and many non-fiction titles about animals, sports, and nature. One of her favorite parts of the writing process is researching and learning new things. Suzanne lives near Chicago with her husband Mike, two children, and their tiny dog Corduroy. She enjoys visiting schools in-person or during her live virtual author visits. Visit Suzanne's Website

Joan Waites (What's the Difference?, and What's New at the Zoo?) has been a freelance illustrator for the past 18 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from DeSales University in 1982. Employment followed for 15 years as a neo-natal intensive care nurse in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, while she simultaneously returned to college to study illustration and launch her freelance career. In addition to What's the Difference? and What's New at the Zoo?, Joan has illustrated nearly 40 books for the educational and trade marketplace. She is also an adjunct faculty member of The Corcoran Museum School of Art and Design in Washington, DC, where she teaches various children's classes for the college's "Aspiring Artists" program. Visit Joan's website.


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