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Spring 2024


From the Series River Monsters

Arapaimas are fearsome predators. They lurk in the waters of the Amazon, ready to devour any prey they see with their large, powerful mouths! In this book, reluctant readers will learn all about arapaimas and their life in the Amazon through leveled text and vibrant photographs. Special features such as a size comparison chart, identification chart, and record catch will reel readers in and leave them wanting to learn more!

Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 2
Category Hi-Lo, Nonfiction
Subject Animals
Copyright 2024
Publisher Bellwether Media
Imprint Epic
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2024-01-01
BISACS JNF003090, JNF003150, JNF038050
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 7.5 x 9
Guided Reading Level P
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


Booklist Review of Arapaimas

The Wild Animal Families series (4 titles) takes young readers to different habitats to observe their animal groups. This entry opens by explaining why living in groups can be beneficial and stating a clear definition of grassland habitats. Then come the creatures!

With a double-page spread apiece, the book spotlights seven different animals, such as saiga antelopes, steppe eagles, and African elephants, noting behaviors and special names for their specific group (e.g., a dazzles of zebras). Heavily illustrated pages layer animal photos over cartoon backgrounds and contain colorful text boxes with sentences short enough to hold young readers’ attention.

As the book concludes, it reiterates how living in groups helps animals find food, avoid predators, and migrate more safely; it then asks readers to consider which group they’d like to join.

Author: Joanne Mattern