After a particularly frustrating day and once again listening to national trainers talk about informational text and nonfiction, but seemingly not have read any of the books that have come out in the last few years, I was glad to spend time reading Jess Keating's newest book, Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals.
Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals
by Jess Keating; Illustrated by David DeGrand
Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 2, 2016)
Audience: Grades K-3+
Nonfiction * Science & Nature * Zoology
Indiebound | WorldCat
Description from GoodReads:
Some people think pink is a pretty color. A fluffy, sparkly, princess-y color. But it's so much more.
Sure, pink is the color of princesses and bubblegum, but it's also the color of monster slugs and poisonous insects. Not to mention ultra-intelligent dolphins, naked mole rats and bizarre, bloated blobfish.
Isn't it about time to rethink pink?
Some quick thoughts about this book:
Part of me would like to simply say "Pink is for Blobfish is good. Buy it. Read it." However, I probably should provide readers with a little more information. Here goes...
Check out the official book trailer:
If you are one of those who have not seen this book yet, check out some of the page spreads below.
Starting with a fish that is comprised of gelatinous goo, Keating takes readers on a look at 17 creatures that are pink in one way or another.
The format is simple. Each page introduces a new creature, and then some simple facts and information about each animal. Facts include species name, size, diet, habitat and predators.
One thing I love about this type of format is that a teacher can read this a little at a time. Have a few minutes before transitioning to lunch? Open up the book and read about a different animal. It also makes a fabulous mentor text for children learning about how to write informational text or nonfiction. Information at the end includes a glossary of important words, and a few additional resources to explore new discoveries about unusual animals.
Jess Keating and illustrator, David DeGrand have created an informative, visually engaging book for all children of all grades. Pick up a copy at your local indie bookstore or public library.
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