What's the Difference? An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story

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In Suzanne Slade's latest book, What's the Difference?, you can celebrate the huge difference caring people make for endangered animals while you practice subtraction skills. In this sequel to her popular addition title, What's New at the Zoo?, Slade presents a new subtraction problem in each clever rhyming verse. The colorful watercolors include realistic animals set in lush spreads by illustrator, Joan Waites. So join in the celebration of our world's precious animals in this exciting new title, and have fun practicing math skills along the way! The For Creative Minds educational section includes: Endangered Animal Vocabulary; Food Chains and Webs; Missing Links in Food Chains; Endangered Animals; Fact Families.

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Suzanne Slade is the author of over 60 books for children. Her works include picture books, biographies, as well as many non-fiction titles about animals, sports, insects, planets, and various science topics. One of her favorite parts of the writing process is researching and learning about new topics. Ms. Slade lives near Chicago with her husband, Mike, two children, and their tiny dog, Corduroy. Joan Waites has been a freelance illustrator for the past 18 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from DeSales University in 1982. Employment followed for 15 years as a neo-natal intensive care nurse in Philadelphia and Washington DC, while she simultaneously returned to college to study illustration and launch her freelance career. In addition to What s the Difference? and What's New at the Zoo?, Joan has illustrated nearly 40 books for the educational and trade marketplace. She is also an adjunt faculty member of The Corcoran Museum School of Art and Design in Washington, DC, where she teaches various children's classes for the college's Aspiring Artists program.

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On the cover of What's the Difference?: An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story is a colorful globe, a wolf, prairie dogs, a frog, a butterfly, cranes in the air, and a whale in the water. Suzanne Slade features these and more in her rhyming texts that ask questions, spread over two-page layouts, and each accompanied by a mathematical formula. Eagles are one of my favorites: 'Three sleeping eaglets wake; / each looks like the rest. / Two stretch their wings and fly. / How many in the nest?' The math formula setup is: '3 2 = ?' An outlined box indicates whether the critter is endangered, threatened, or recovered. For example, 'In the 1960s many bald eagle eggs began breaking before the eagles hatched. Scientists discovered the mothers ate fish from lakes polluted with DDT'. After the chemical was banned in 1972, the eagle population grew 'from fewer than 1000 in the 1960's to over 20,000 today. They are now recovered, or no longer endangered.' Joan Waite's illustrations are spectacular, with vivid splashes of color, while her sketches show the definition of fur, wings, eyes, beaks, claws, and habitat, gracefully calling the reader's attention to each species. The playful Southern sea otter and the beautiful Karner blue butterfly are particularly eye-catching. Suzanne Slade is the author of over 60 books for children, including What's New at the Zoo?, Animals are Sleeping, How Do Tornadoes Form?, and Do All Bugs Have Wings? Joan Waites has illustrated nearly 40 books for the educational and trade marketplace. For additional fun see the For Creative Minds section at the back of the book, which includes facts and questions referring back to the story pages; an Endangered Animal Vocabulary; Food Chains and Webs; Missing Links in Food Chains; Endangered Animals, and Fact Families. 'Bye for now. But before I go, I offer this math problem - Josephine (that's me) has five Sylvan Dell books to read. / She has finished one, / How many more / Before she is done? --BookLoons-April 2010

Do you know the difference between an endangered species and a threatened species? Author Suzanne Slade, who also wrote the popular addition book What's New at the Zoo?, gives a rhyming description of several animals that are or have been either endangered or threatened, such as bald eagles, Utah prairie dogs, Karner blue butterflies, whooping cranes, Mississippi gopher frogs, American crocodiles, Atlantic salmon, bowhead whales, West Indian manatees, Southern sea otters, gray bats, and red wolves. And do you know what a species is called when it has been removed from the Federal Endangered Species Act's list? As illustrated with life-like watercolor drawings by Joan Waites, each animal is also used to present a new subtraction problem. Thus, youngsters can not only learn how caring people have made a difference for endangered animals but also practice their subtraction skills. The For Creative Minds section includes an Endangered Animal Vocabulary, information about food chains, an endangered animal question and answer activity, and a review of the subtraction fact families used in the book. Further cross-curricular teaching activities related to reading, language arts, science, math, geography, and coloring can be found at Sylvan Dell s website. Both the Creative Minds section of the book and the teaching materials from the website may be photocopied or printed out by the owner of the book or a teacher for educational, non-commercial uses. As we read about what is being done to help endangered animals, we can be made to hope that no more species will be subtracted from the circle of life on earth. --Home School Book Review

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