Books in the Outdoor Explorers series introduce children to the specific US regional plants, animals, landscape, weather, and geography through a fun nature hike. This book studies the Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas). Bright, colorful pictures will keep children engaged as they learn about the great outdoors in the United States. Glossary, index, and bibliography are included.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 508.75
Lexile 560L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level K
Language English
Publisher Cherry Lake Publishing
Available Formats Reinforced book (9781634728775), Paperback (9781534100558), PDF (9781634729666), ePub (9781534105706), Hosted ebook (9781534101449), Kindle (9781534104204)
Copyright 2018
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions 8.25 x 8.25
Graphics Full-color photographs

School Library Journal - Outdoor Explorers Series

K-Gr 2–Designed to encourage outdoor exploration, this series takes readers on a “nature hike.” Each title opens with a regional map of the United States along with a list of quick statistics (average winter, average summer, etc.). Readers are then introduced to the flora and fauna of the locale through a collection of photos and bullet points. The texts often ask readers to speculate or answer obscure questions, such as “Indiana’s official state flower is the peony. Why do you think this is?” Answers are not provided, and, in this particular case, the entry on peonies appears several pages later. VERDICT Unlikely to hold the attention of readers.

Author: Helen Foster James

Helen Foster James is a former teacher and coordinator of library media services. She received her doctorate from Northern Arizona University. She has published a number of books with Sleeping Bear Press, including: Welcome to the World; Grandma’s Christmas Wish; E is for Enchantment: A New Mexico Alphabet; S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet; Little California; Little America; Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America; Christmas With Auntie; and the whole Loves You! series. She enjoys taking long walks along the beach in San Diego.

  • Map of the Southwest
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Weather
  • Geography
  • Find Out More
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • About the Author
Glossary of key words
Informative sidebars
Sources for further research
Table of contents
Full-color photographs