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This is a very nice book that explains what living things are and shows the similarities of animals and plants even though they don't "look" the same. My 3 yo has quickly grasped the idea of what's living and non living in the first 3 pages of the book and by the time we reached half of the book, she can pretty much tell what's living and non living in all of the things I've asked her to identify. Great book! (if you're taking advantage of the free shipping by the way, amazon will take advantage of the 10 day shipping period. Ours EXCEEDED 10 days! This book is just so nice so its well worth the wait!)
We bought this for our almost 3 year old and she likes it. Like one other reviewer, we "edited" the page about not alive (little bird that fell from a tree) but I think she gets the gist. The only thing that has been a problem is we read this for bed time so it's a little hard to work around the activity. It takes up a couple pages at the end of the book and doesn't really work in story format. But as a whole the book is a great introduction to what's alive and explains the basics so a 3 year old can follow along.
My 2 1/2 year old daughter likes this book. So do I. I had to edit one page about death but it all makes since. I was surprised one day when she told someone that dogs need energy and she proceeded to tell them that they get energy from food, water and the sun. Blew me out of the water! Children are like sponges and they want to know how things work just like we do. These books are great at introducing the facts of life to young children and they can explain it better than I can.
This is a great book aside from one sentence on page 15 "You are an animal, too." I'm going to keep the book and use a sharpie on that sentence. What on earth? It's utterly crazy. But otherwise, it's a great book that is speaking to the child in a conversation and clearly teaches what is living and non-living. It also introduces energy which is a bonus lesson.
Living things eat, drink, sleep and grow - a simple explanation with examples that will appeal to most small children (e.g. cats, dogs, birds). Living things also die, and this is touched upon very briefly. I am always looking for books to assist me in homeschooling my 5 yr old son, and it's difficult to find educational books that don't bore or beat a topic into the ground. This was a satisfying choice.
It is a favourite book series for early science studies. We are homeschooling family. My girls are 5 and 9 y.o. They both read the books of this series with a pleasure. After reading they report us about what was the book about. This one greatly delivers the message about the alive and non-alive objects and creatures around us!
The book and storyline are excellent. I have bought hundreds of books through Amazon and they all arrived in excellent condition. This is a paperback book; however it was put into a large manilla folder with no backing to support it. Our postal carrier folded it in half to fit in our mailbox. There should have been a DO NOT FOLD stamped on the front. The remade bend is only getting worse with wear. I'm afraid I am very much disappointed. Two year olds are rough on books, but imagine how it will look after awhile when it was already "broken" when it arrived.
We have most of the Level 1 books. They are a great introduction to science for little children. The only reason these don't get five stars is because a slightly bigger font size would have made these books excellent.
I mostly like thus book. It does give a clear picture of the difference between what is living and non-living. I took one star off for occasional excessive wordiness. The other star was taken off, just because I think potential readers of this book ought to be warned that it also talks about dieing. My three year old wasn't happy to find out that baby birds who fall from the nest will never move again and are "dead"