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 560
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 has been an educator for more than twenty years, and is now a lecturer at San Diego State University. She received her doctorate from Northern Arizona University. One of her goals is to travel to all 50 states, and she has already visited more than half. She lives in San Diego, California, with big stacks of children's books and her husband Bob.

  • Map of the Southwest
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Weather
  • Geography
  • Find Out More
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • About the Author