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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Speediest: 19 Very Fast Animals. By Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Raincoast. 2018. $7.99 ages 5 and up

"Who needs to fly? 

The ostrich is the largest 
bird in the world. It can't 
fly, but it can run as fast 
as a racehorse. The ostrich 
will try to escape danger by
running away. If it can't 
escape, it defends itself
with a kick that is strong
enough to kill a lion."

Steve Jenkins describes nineteen different animals and what it is that makes them the speediest of all the animals in the world. They run, fly, swim, catch prey, seek safety, and they are fast!

I really enjoyed this third in the series concerning extreme animals. Each entry is designed to provide as much information as possible in the single or double page format. On that spread, young readers will find a short informative paragraph, a world map plotting said animal's territory, information bubbles that include top speed and something unique to each, and perspective concerning its size as compared to a human body. Mr. Jenkins uses his signature collage artwork to attract attention and provide real information for his readers. This is a very accessible series, published in paperback and worthwhile for purchase to add to classroom libraries. 

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