STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books


National Geographic’s “Explore my world” is a series  aimed at curious preschoolers.  There are a bunch out there featuring frogs, baby animals, koalas… and this one:



by Jill Esbaum

32 pages; ages 3-7

NGK, 2016.

Here’s how it begins: “A tiger! She prowls the steamy jungle on padded paws. This tiger is hungry. Stay hidden, buffalo. Watch out, wild pigs.”

Simple language tells about a tiger’s life. Active words in large type begin each topic. For example, “Chase!” for tiger on the hunt, and “Cuddle” for a description of how mama tiger cares for her cups. Facts are highlighted in “circle” text boxes scattered throughout the book, and every page is illustrated with high-quality photos.

I also like the interactive pages. There’s a spread that compares tigers and house cats. A big difference: tigers enjoy swimming and pet cats usually don’t! Another spread illustrates similarities between tigers and house cats. And there’s a matching game at the end.

Head over to Archimedes Notebook for a review of a chapter book about animal friends.

STEM Friday

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