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This book explores the concept of light, and why living things – i.e., animals, humans and plants – need it.

Age Level4-6 Years
Reading LevelGrades PreK-1
SubjectScience & Nature
Trim Size8 x 6 3/4
Page Count24



School Library Journal - Kathryn Diman

"This cleanly designed series explains what determines that humans, animals, and plants are living things. Their needs for light, air, water, food, and shelter are explained in short, simple sentences, introducing rudimentary life-science concepts. Each volume contains a quiz that tests readers on their newly acquired knowledge. The bright color photos, one per page, are attention-grabbing. This series is recommended for early elementary learners who may simply enjoy browsing the photos for pleasure. - Kathryn Diman, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Bernard, ME School Library Journal April 2012 Issue" - School Library Journal

Library Media Connection - Brook Berg

"Each book in this series explains one of the essential needs that all living things have, and is a perfect fit for the first grade Life Science standard. Most first grade readers will find the full-color photo on each page with a single sentence interesting and accessible. There are additional features, such as close-up picture-in-a-picture, captions, and a pictorial glossary featuring a photo from the book to aid in understanding. Brook Berg, Library Media Specialist, Riverview Elementary, Farmington, Minnesota Library Media Connection October 2012 Issue Recommended" - Library Media Connection

The Horn Book Guide - Meredith M. Sittman

"(3) PS Why Living Things Need series. Published spring 2012. These books explore what people, animals, and plants need to survive. Each book examines the particular life-sustaining element by defining it, explaining why it is necessary and how it functions, and presenting examples of it in use. Concise text, colorful photographs, engaging quizzes ("Which of these things does not need. . .?"), and a picture glossary make the information preschooler-friendly. Ind. Meredith M. Sittman The Horn Book Guide Spring 2013" - The Horn Book Guide


Omaha Public Schools - Eisenbeisz

"This is a science themed book that explains light to beginning readers. The language is simple, not babyish. Photographs accompany the explanations. Topics include: What is Light? – Living Things and Light – Why Do Living Things Need Light?, and a quiz about light. –Eisenbeisz, Bancroft Omaha Public Schools 1/9/2013" - Omaha Public Schools

January 9, 2013

Daniel Nunn

Daniel Nunn

Daniel Nunn has written numerous books for young readers on a variety of topics, specializing in early years and elementary education. Like Eddie the Elephant, he enjoys playing hide and seek with his two young children. His favorite hiding place is behind the curtains in the living room!

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