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Animals of the Mountains

Series of 10 titles

Thin, cold air and steep slopes make mountaintops formidable to most animals. But some species thrive at these high altitudes! This low-level series examines alpine animals and how they adapt to their high-up homes. Features illustrate the range, diet, and adaptations of each animal to support leveled text. Young readers can find out what life is like on top of the world!

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Cover: Bearded Vultures Bearded Vultures 2.6
Cover: Brown Bears Brown Bears 2.8
Cover: Mountain Goats Mountain Goats 2.6
Cover: Mountain Lions Mountain Lions 2.6
Cover: Pikas Pikas 2.6
Cover: Snow Leopards Snow Leopards 2.6
Cover: Alpine Ibex Alpine Ibex
Cover: Mountain Gorillas Mountain Gorillas
Cover: Red Pandas Red Pandas
Cover: Wild Yaks Wild Yaks
Category Leveled Readers, New!
Subject Animals
Copyright 2020
Publisher Bellwether Media
Imprint Blastoff! Readers
Language English
Publication Date 2019-08-01
Dewey 598.9-599.784
Lexile 450-570
Guided Reading Level I-L
ATOS Reading Level 2.6-2.8
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5


Educator Review of Animals of the Mountains

This series explores a variety of mountain animals including: alpine ibex, bearded vultures, brown bears, mountain goats, mountain gorillas, mountain lions, pikas, red pandas, snow leopard, and wild yaks. Geared toward early readers ready for a bit more text and varied sentence structure, this series would be perfect for elementary students pursuing animal research. Each cover features the animal of focus surrounded with a bright depiction of the habitat they live in, offering a realistic scene that draws the reader in. Complete with a table of contents at the beginning, and a glossary and index at the end, this series is a great way to teach students text features included in nonfiction. The subtitles, infographics, maps, and charts all help the reader process the information easily, and lend themselves to the skill of going back and rereading to find information and important facts within the book. For example, the book Red Pandas from this series, includes a map highlighting where in the Himalayan mountains red pandas can be found. Each book also includes a scale showing how vulnerable each animal is in relation to extinction which students will find important. Teachers will appreciate the included resources to use to learn more about each animal, including additional books listed and a factsurfer web link. As a school librarian, I am constantly looking for resources that our elementary students can use in their inquiry process that are easy to read and that draw the reader in with engaging facts and pictures. This series fits the bill. It’s definitely a must for any elementary school library!