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Amanda Butts

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November 17, 2016

Nonfiction Analysis
Primary and Intermediate Informational Books:

In the Trees, Honeybees by Lori Mortensen


The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry
Life in a Rain Forest by Carol K. Lindeen
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
From Peanuts to Peanut Butter by Melvin Berger
Pasta, Please! By Melvin Berger
Baby Whales Journey by Jonathan London
Caterpillars by Helen Frost

Books for Further AnalysisCaterpillars by Helen Frost


Criteria

Is the information accurate?


Written by a qualified author?
Information up to date?
Information checked by authorities in field or
reliable source?
Is book suitable and relatable for targeted
age group?
Is subject adequately covered?
Is there a purpose to inform, entertain, or
both?
Does the book foster inquiry?
Is information presented clearly?
Does the style invite reader involvement?
Is the language vivid and interesting?
Is the information organized in a kid-friendly
format?
Does the book have clear reference aids that
are easy to use? (e.g., table of contents,
index, glossary, etc.)
Do the illustrations help clarify and extend
the text?
Are size relationships realistic?
Do illustrations and diagrams have captions
as needed?
Does the book present information in a
creative way?

Partial
credit
1 4 pts.
each

Full credit
5 pts. each

4
5

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Is there a story that includes information in
the illustrations and text?
Is the book all facts?
Is the book appealing to children?
Total score:
30 - 25
strong score
20 - 15
average score
Below 15
below average score
Total:

27

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Criteria

Is the information accurate?


Written by a qualified author?
Information up to date?
Information checked by authorities in field or
reliable source?
Is book suitable and relatable for targeted
age group?
Is subject adequately covered?
Is there a purpose to inform, entertain, or
both?
Does the book foster inquiry?
Is information presented clearly?
Does the style invite reader involvement?
Is the language vivid and interesting?
Is the information organized in a kid-friendly
format?
Does the book have clear reference aids that
are easy to use? (e.g., table of contents,
index, glossary, etc.)
Do the illustrations help clarify and extend
the text?
Are size relationships realistic?
Do illustrations and diagrams have captions
as needed?
Does the book present information in a
creative way?
Is there a story that includes information in
the illustrations and text?
Is the book all facts?
Is the book appealing to children?
Total score:

Partial
credit
1 4 pts.
each

Full credit
5 pts. each

4
4

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30 - 25
20 - 15
Below 15
Total:

strong score
average score
below average score

23

Compare and Contrast ParagraphsCaterpillars by Helen Frost is a childrens book that explains the life cycle of a butterfly
in a way that young children will understand. This book has been edited by a reputable
individual, therefore the information in this book is correct. This book starts with a table of
contents that gives the page number for specific topics explained throughout the book. This
book also has a glossary of key terms that will be used throughout the book that students will
need to know. This makes this book easier for the students to understand because they can look
in the back of the book to find the definition if they do not know what the word means. The
purpose of this book is to simply inform readers of the life cycle and give the reader the facts. I
consider this book to be kid friendly because the pages do not have a lot of words on them,
which gives the students time to comprehend what is on each page. The author does a great job
of pairing the text with pictures of the butterfly at each stage of the life cycle, which allows the
students to see exactly what each stage looks like. The pictures in this book do not need captions
because the text itself explains what is going on in the pictures. This book does not present the
information in a creative way, since this book is simply to inform the author stuck with the facts
and did not incorporate a story within the text.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a book about a growing caterpillar that in
the end becomes a butterfly. This book has been written to entertain children with a fun story
about a caterpillar while adding some facts into the book. One of the informational pieces of the
text is that the caterpillar starts as an egg and becomes a butterfly. I found that the information
in this book is not accurate. Caterpillars do not go through only three stages of life, and they do
not eat constantly until they are big enough to become a butterfly, rather they become a cocoon
until they are ready to become a butterfly. This book is very kid friendly and appealing to the
reader. The illustrator used bright colors on every page that appeal to young readers while the
author used different sized pages that allows the students to interact and see the holes that the
caterpillar chewed in each of the food products. This book does not have any references for
students to look at because the vocabulary used in this book is simple for students to understand.
I do not think that this book should be used to teach the life cycle of a butterfly, but rather to
entertain children and teaching them what a caterpillar is.
These two books are very different in the ways that they are written, the reason they are
written, and the illustrations used. Caterpillars is written strictly to inform the readers of the life
cycle of a caterpillar, while The Very Hungry Caterpillar is written to entertain students while
they learn about a caterpillar who was very hungry. The illustrations in this book are also very
different. In the book Caterpillars, the illustrations are real life pictures that have been taken of a
caterpillar at each stage of like, while the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar uses very colorful
illustrations throughout the book. The second book is more appealing to children for this reason.

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WordlesThe Very Hungry Caterpillar

Caterpillars

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Reference Sheet
Berger, M. (1992). From peanuts to peanut butter. New York, NY: Newbridge Educational
Publishing.
Berger, M. (1995). Pasta please! New York, NY: Newbridge Educational Publishing.
Carle, E. (1979). The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Cleveland: Collins Publishers.
Cherry, L. (1990). The Great Kapok Tree: A tale of the Amazon Rain Forest. San Diego:
Harcourt Publishers Group (Australia) Pty.
Frost, H. (2000). Caterpillars. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
Lindeen, C. K. (2006). Life in a Rain Forest, Vol. 3. Champaign, IL, United States: Coughlan
Publishing.
Mortensen, L., & Arbo, C. (2009). In the Trees, Honeybees. United States: Dawn Publications
(CA).
Kiefer, K. Z. & Tyson, C. A. (2014) Charlotte Hucks Childrens Literature. New York, NY:
McGraw-Hill.
London, Jordon. (2007). Baby whales journey. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books LLC.

Amanda Butts
LAE4424.001
November 17, 2016