This distinctive picture book features entertaining text and dynamic illustrations and is a unique way to introduce readers to a selection of sporting events and amazing creatures.
Who do you think would win a gold medal in basketball – a team of lions, giraffes or chimpanzees? Who would swim the fastest – a tiger, a beaver or a crocodile? Who do you think could lift the heaviest weight – an elephant, gorilla or grizzly bear? You decide who wins the bronze, silver and gold medals! Readers are given simple, informative descriptions for ten sporting events. The unique skills each creature would bring to these events are described in a fun yet factual way. Children are encouraged to apply critical thinking to predict who would win the gold, silver, and bronze medal in each event.
- Teaches children about the attributes of various animal species using a fun parody of ten real sporting events.
- Encourages children to apply critical thinking to choose the possible winner of each event – e.g. who would win the 100-meter dash – an ostrich, cheetah, or fox?
- Supports STEM standards and fun for young readers who love animals and sports.
- Dynamic, with detailed, realistic illustrations.
Richard Turner is an author and Performing Arts teacher in Adelaide South Australia, who supports children’s creative voices through drama and dance. He has directed and choreographed musicals, working with students who can sing and dance way better than he can. Like most people, Richard has to be told to eat his peas, but never has to be told to eat his jellybeans or ice cream. He has been on a skateboard, a rollercoaster, an elephant and a camel. He has also been on a spaceship to the moon, but only in his dreams!
Ben Clifford was born and raised in Tasmania, Australia. He began illustrating after living in a nice place with the cuckoos and sparrows in England. After returning home he began drawing, painting, illustrating and writing books. When he’s not drawing or writing stories, running through forests, climbing mountains or kayaking in rivers, he loves to swim at the beach and build sandcastles.
We are happy to announce that the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Children’s Book Council has invited Ben to write a blog post regarding his wonderful illustrations for The Wildlife Summer Games. You can read about Ben’s experience here: http://cbcatas.blogspot.com/2020/10/fun-and-games-at-olympics.html
Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels
Guided Reading Level: O
Grade Level Equivalent: 3
Picture book, Wildlife Games series, Life science context: behaviors and characteristics of animals, opening poem, ask and answer questions, predict outcomes, Structure: Olympic sporting events, non fiction narrative on animals, Comprehension strategies: predicting outcomes, compare and contrast, summarize. Themes: sports, animals.
Interest Age: 8 to 12 years
Reading Age: 8 to 9 years
RRP: HC: $16.95 · CAN: $22.95
JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Games
World rights available, except for Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.
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