Monday, May 2, 2011

Children's Book Review: What's the Difference? by Suzanne Slade

32 pg, 11 x 8.5, ages 4-8, Lexile: AD 960
Hardcover ISBN: 9781607180708, $16.95
Paperback ISBN: 9781607180814, $8.95 

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In Suzanne Slade's latest book, What's the Difference?, 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 in this exciting new title, and have fun practicing math skills along the way! 
My Review:

Here is another great educational book to share with your children.  In What's the Difference?, your children will not only learn about subtraction, but they will also learn about endangered animals.  The illustrations alone jump off the page and will get you and your children talking about wonderful animals which are endangered.  Savannah kept pointing at animals and was amazed at the illustrations.  So, I know that if she enjoyed the book, your children definitely will.

Children can practice their subtraction skills, as they read along with you to the rhyming verses written by Suzanne Slade.  This is such a fun way to practice subtraction and build your child's confidence when it comes to math.  Throw out those dull flash cards and pick up What's the Difference? today. 

Teachers:  This is a great book to share with your classrooms!

About the Author:

Suzanne Slade (What's the Difference?, Spring 2010, What's New at the Zoo?, and Animals are Sleeping) is the author of over 80 books for children. Her works include picture books, biographies, as well as many non-fiction titles about animals, sports, insects, planets, and various science topics. One of her favorite parts of the writing process is researching and learning about new topics. Ms. Slade lives near Chicago with her husband, Mike, two children, and their tiny dog, Corduroy. Visit Suzanne's Website /School Visit Info.   

About the Illustrator:

Joan Waites (What's the Difference?, Spring 2010, 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 adjunt 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

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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