Title: Living Color Author: Steve Jenkins Illustrator: Steve Jenkins Publisher: Boston; Houghton Mifflin
Genre: Information Books Level: Intermediate Number of pages: 31 Pub. Date: 2007
This book tells about what the different coloration of animals means. It splits up into red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple and pink. After this there are a couple of pages giving information about each animal featured in the book.
This book does a wonderful job of making information easy to find for students. Each section is broken down by color, then if the student wants more about a specific animal the charts in the back of the book are also color coated. Also the name of the animal is bolded in the paragraph about it so it is easy to find. The book also gives suggestions for further reading at the very end, which would be helpful if a student was particularly interested.
I enjoyed the way Jenkins chose to sort through the animals. By putting them by color it gives students a different way to look at animals that they normally wouldn’t. If there is one thin I would change it would be that the animals would be put in ROYGBIV order so that this book could be used to teach about that as well.
After: This book would be a wonderful introduction book to talk about camouflage.