253. The True Book of Jungles by Illa Podendorf

The True Book of Jungles by Illa Podendorf. Illustrations by Katherine Grace (Out of Print)
True Books

Pages: 47
Ages: 6+
Finished: Sept. 17, 2012
First Published: 1959
Publisher: Children's Press
Genre: easy reader, non-fiction, science
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "A jungle has many kinds of plants."

Acquired: Purchased a used copy at a book/library/garage sale.

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

I love the original "True Books" series!  These are great non-fiction, chapter book, easy readers.  Printed with very large type and space between lines they are easy to track words and good for readers of assorted ages.  These old illustrated editions have wonderful illustrations and some of them are worth collecting just for that.

Jungles isn't a prime example of one of these books but the only one I own at this time.  Considering its age the information is not outdated as it is kept quite basic.  The pages alternate colour and b/w illustrations and text varies from a full page of text to a few lines.  Ds enjoyed reading this book, even though he usually does not like reading non-fiction.  One thing I was pleased to see him do was when an animal was introduced in the text, they would be labelled on the page and he would go find it to see what it looked like.  He doesn't do this with photograph captions as the text is too small and he won't even try to read them.  Grace's illustration's aren't exactly captivating and this isn't quite the most entertaining book but I'm going to keep it for my collection as an example of this series until I come across some better ones to replace it.  I'd like ds to read more of these, as they are just at his level, but of course the library has "weeded" these out of the system, so we'll just have to see if I run across any at the used book places.


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