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Warthogs and Banded Mongooses

From the Series Animal Tag Teams

Ouch! Pesky insects bite up warthogs under the hot sun. Luckily, banded mongooses are here to help. They ride atop warthogs’ backs, picking insects out of their skin. The warthogs are happy to provide meals for the mongooses. The symbiotic bond between these species helps them both survive. This title for young readers explores the lives of these animal friends, including their habitat, individual behaviors, and relationship with one another!

Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Category Leveled Readers
Subject Animals
Copyright 2019
Publisher Bellwether Media
Imprint Blastoff! Readers
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2019-01-01
BISACS JNF003000, JNF051000
Dewey 577.852
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 6.5 x 9 x 0.25
Lexile 540
Guided Reading Level K
ATOS Reading Level 3.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 500378
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


Warthogs and Banded Mongooses

With bright backgrounds, easy-to-interpret charts, and seriously entertaining photographs of its subjects (not quite the beauty queens of the animal kingdom), this entry in the Animal Tag Teams series (6 titles) introduces newly confident readers to a symbiotic relationship. First, the book describes warthogs and mongooses; quick sidebar profiles provide basic background facts on each of these African mammals. Then the text explains how they work as a team: ticks, which can make a warthog sick, burrows into their bodies, but the mongooses eat them, getting a quick and easy meal and keeping the warthogs healthy. Vocabulary words, set in bold, stand out from the rest of the concise, direct sentences, while the charts and images are clearly labelled and easy to decipher. And excellent introduction to nonfiction for new resarchers, fearing two scene-stealing stars.

Author: Kari Schuetz