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Animals Work
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by Ted Lewin
Ted Lewin, Illustrator

Paperback | 24 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 6.99
ISBN: 9780823434541 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Nonfiction, Easy Readers
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RI. K.1-10
W. K.2, 3, 5, 7-8
SL. K.1, 1a, 1b, 2, 4-6
L.K.1, 1b, 1f, 2, 2a-b, 4, 5, 5c, 6
RF.K .1, 1a-c, 2, 3, 3a-b, 4

About the Book

Bursting with detailed illustrations, this picture book not only teaches readers about the variety of work animals perform, but depicts the give-and-take dynamic of human/animal relationships.

Do animals have jobs? They herd, carry, pull and even . . . keep us company! This nonfiction, easy-to-read picture book transports readers from an open field to a desert to a snowy tundra as animals of all kinds, from a shaggy pup to a group of camels, perform some very important tasks. The book ends with an endearing role reversal as a young boy gives milk to his cat, reminding readers that just as animals help people, they in turn can help animals.


"The watercolor illustrations of the various locations and the people that inhabit them are stunningly lifelike."—School Library Journal

"A handsome animal book for young readers."—Booklist

About the Series

I Like to Read® books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers.—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is the main idea of the book? RI.K-1.2

2. Name the author/illustrator of ANIMALS WORK. Explain the role of each in telling the story. Tell the difference between information provided by pictures and information provided by the words in a text. RI.K-1.6

3. Recall the animals in the story. Create a class list. RI.K-1.1

4. Discuss the job of each animal. Write a sentence about an animal from the book and draw a picture. RI.K-1.1, 3 / W.K-1.2