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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review: Two National Geographic Kids books

With back to school just around the corner for many kids, today I have two National Geographic Kids books to share that inspire and encourage learning...


National Geographic Kids Animal Records: The Biggest, Fastest, Weirdest, Tiniest, Slowest, and Deadliest Creatures on the Planet
by Sarah Wassner and Kathy Furgang
July 14, 2015
Nat. Geo Children's Books

Lively and information-packed, this book is bursting with mind-blowing animal records. The fastest, the biggest, the most poisonous—it's all here for kids to discover. It's a visual feast of colorful photographs surrounded by swirling, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design—as dynamic as the animal world it celebrates. 


National Geographic Kids Chapters: Hoops to Hippos!: True Stories of a Basketball Star on Safari
by Boris Diaw and Kitson Jaynka
July 14, 2015
National Geographic Children's Books

NBA star Boris Diaw of the San Antonio spurs takes young readers on safari as he explores his off-court passion: wildlife photography! Join Diaw as he escapes from stampeding wildebeests, comes face-to-face with lions, and discovers why you should never come between a hippo and its watery home. Through engaging stories and photos by Diaw, readers will discover a whole new side to this basketball champ. 

National Geographic Kids Chapter books pick up where the best-selling National Geographic Readers series leaves off, offering young animal lovers who are ready for short chapters lively, exciting, full-color true stories -- just right to carry in backpacks, share with friends, and read under the covers at night.

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With National Geographic Kids Animal Records: The Biggest, Fastest, Weirdest, Tiniest, Slowest, and Deadliest Creatures on the Planet and National Geographic Kids Chapters: Hoops to Hippos!: True Stories of a Basketball Star on Safari, National Geographic Kids has once again created two wonderful books that will engage, entertain, wow, and inspire young readers.

National Geographic Kids Animal Records: The Biggest, Fastest, Weirdest, Tiniest, Slowest, and Deadliest Creatures on the Planet is such a fun, exciting read full of fascinating information. With a bright, dynamic layout and awesome pictures, this book was perfectly designed to engage and capture the imaginations of young readers. Every page is chock full of new things to learn and awesome things to see. Facts and information are presented in simple, yet fun ways, that even little readers will be able to understand and explore. Whether devoured alone or read aloud, this book will captivate and inspire thoughtful discussions.

National Geographic Kids Chapters: Hoops to Hippos!: True Stories of a Basketball Star on Safari is an accessible and lively chapter book told from the perspective of basketball star, Boris Diaw. An animal lover, Diaw makes many trips to Africa and has compiled his experiences and photographs in this book. Diaw’s enthusiastic conversational tone will draw readers in and his amusing and fascinating stories will keep them eagerly turning pages. Diaw’s fun photographs perfectly capture his fun stories and true love of animals.

Perfect for the little animal lovers in your life, both of these books are as educational as they are entertaining. Not only will readers learn a great deal from both books, these books make learning exciting and will encourage further exploration!

MY RATING 
(for both books)
5/5 sweet cupcakes

Sarah Wassner Flynn loves writing, running, and triathalons. When she's not writing about races, she's usually training or competing in one. She also writes nonfiction books and articles for kids and teens, like The National Geographic Kids National Park Guide U.S.A.and The Girl's Life Guide to the Most Amazing You.

Kathy Furgang, co-author, has been a writer for 16 years. She is the author of dozens of science textbooks and children's books, including National Geographic Kid's Everything Weather, Everything Volcanoes, Ultimate Weird But True 2, and Weird But True Ripped from the Headlines.

Boris Diaw is a member of the 2014 National Basketball Association (NBA) championship team, the San Antonio Spurs. Diaw grew up in France and continues to play for the French National team. When he's not on the court, he is shooting wildlife photography on safari in Africa.

Kitson Jazynka is a lifelong animal lover, award-winning freelance writer, and children's author. Kitson contributes to National Geographic Kids, American Girl, Horse Illustrated,and The Washington Post, among others. Her previous book for National Geographic isMartin Luther King, Jr., a biography in the National Geographic Readers series. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, their two children, one big German Shepherd dog who loves to howl like a wolf, and one very patient cat. Her horse lives nearby in Potomac, Maryland.




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