by Allen Niptanatiak
illustrated by Kagan McLeod
Inhabit Media, 2016
$15.95 (hc), 25 pp, ages 7 – 12
Richly filled with non-fiction text features, this book is excellent for strong and new readers alike. Included are a table of contents, chapter titles, diagrams with labels, illustrations with captions, and illustrations on every page to help readers check their comprehension. The text teaches about the muskoxen’s build and body, its range, diet and predators, and its benefit to humans. Youth will engage with the author’s voice and the detailed illustrations.
Classroom Connections: Perfect for younger students who enjoy texts about interesting animals or as part of a readers’ and writers’ workshop about explanatory/report writing. Great for animal research, independent reading or a focus on non-fiction text features. Reading Comprehension Strategies: Activating prior knowledge, Questioning, Visualizing, Finding important ideas, Summarizing, and Monitoring and repairing comprehension.
Review by Amanda Forbes.
This review is from Canadian Teacher Magazine’s Spring 2018 issue.