What’s the Difference? by Suzanne Slade

Title: What’s the Difference?
Author: Suzanne Slade

Illustrator: Joan Waites
Paperback or hardback: 32 pgs, Hardback and Paperback
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing

Publication date: March 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-607180-708 (H) $16.95/978-1-607180-814 (P) $8.95 

Reviewed by Kathy Stemke

This endangered animal subtraction story points to the ways man has helped endangered animals to change their fate.  Each charming rhyme by author Suzanne Slade offers a simple subtraction problem for children to solve. 

“Twelve furry otter pups in a grassy bed, two hunt for clams below.  How many rest instead?” 

While children learn about animal habitats and eating habits this book points out how the Endangered Species Act has protected many animals.  Joan Waites’ beautiful watercolor illustrations bring the different environments to life. 

“Gray bats hibernate inside warm caves during winter. There are only about nine caves in the U.S. where endangered gray bats can hibernate, and the openings of some have been blocked.” 

The plight of eagles, prairie dogs, butterflies, whooping cranes, gopher frogs, crocodiles, salmon, bowhead whales, gray bats, manatees, otters, and red wolves are discussed in detail.  As a teacher I can recommend What’s the Difference? as a great resource in the classroom or home library. 

As with all of Sylvan Dell’s books there are several fact and activity pages in the back of the book.  Sylvan also provides many on-line resources for teachers and students to use.

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