My kids are obsessed with animal books, so we are always on the hunt for new animal books. Lately, I have been on the prowl to find more non-fiction animal books that the girls can read on their own. Today, I found a fantastic book that was perfect for my six and eight year old to read – Toucans by Rob Ryndak.
This twenty-four page book is part of the Jungle Animals series. These early readers are perfect for children who are between ages five and eight. Specifically this book is designed to be for an early reader.
Every time the reader turns a page, they are greeted with one page containing easy to read text and an adjacent page featuring a stunning toucan photograph. Most of the pages contain four to six words, which makes this an ideal book for practicing reading.
This is a non-fiction book that introduces very basic facts, such as toucans live in groups called flocks. This book focuses more on being easy enough for an early reader to tackle, then it does on presenting a wealth of information about toucans. This book would be ideal if your child wanted to read a book about toucans on their own; however, this would not be the book you would get for a child who wanted to learn a lot about toucans.
At the end of the book, there is a section listing words the reader should know. While there were only two words in this word bank, it did provide my girls with an extra opportunity to practice their reading. I also quizzed them by asking them to define these two words.
As an added bonus, even my ten month old son was captivated by the photographs in this book. My son listened to the whole book, although it was a battle to keep him from eating the pages! Because the entire book only contains sixty-seven words, you could easily read this book to a baby or toddler. You just have to protect the book from teething and page tearing.
I would highly recommend this book to any parents searching for a non-fiction animal book for their early reader!