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Teacher’s Pets #18 Capstone Press – Pebble Books



(This set of books is shown as an example of the sets of book, which are offered by Capstone Press. PENGUINS is reviewed below.)

Capstone Press produces a vast range of non-fiction titles for Pre-K through 12th grade. These easy to read fact-filled, photo-illustrated books are a great addition to your personal library, but they are also especially valuable for teachers and students as a resource tool in any classroom. High interest topics combined with reading ease make these books fun to read. Pebble Books are written for beginning readers in grades Pre-K to 2nd grade.


FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group

“All of the PEBBLE animal books have chapters,” said Annie.

“They also have the same beginning chapter,” said Pritka.

“For example,” said Keisha, “ Woodpeckers is the name of the first chapter in the Woodpecker book.”

“And, the title of the first chapter of Coyote is coyotes,” said Philippe.

“Each animal book also tells about where the animals live,” said Pritka.

“The books also tell what the animals do,” said Juan, “Beavers use sticks and mud to build their homes, which are called dams.”

“All the books are non-fiction,” said Lucy.

“And there are maps in the books, too,” said Juan.

“And timelines,” said Jake. “And some of the books have real photographs.”

“Yeah!” said Annie, “They show where the animals homes are . . . like penguins live in the Antarctic.”

“And woodpeckers live in the woodlands,” said Keisha.

“There are many weather books in this series, too,” said Lucy. “Some of them are Clouds, Ice, Snow, and Lightning.”

“When I read the Fog book,” said Pritka, “I noticed there were no maps to show where fog goes.” She laughed and continued. “Because fog can be anywhere!”

“I like these books because they have lots of information,” said Philippe.

“I would recommend these books to young readers,” said Pritka, “because the text is big.”

“I agree,” said Keisha, “because these books are short and easy for little kids to read.”


by Margaret Hall
Capstone Press Pebble Books
ISBN: 0-7368-2063-9W
Grades PreK-2


“Beavers are rodents,” said Jake.

“And they are nocturnal rodents,” said Pritka.

“Beavers use their tails for warning animals and people,” said Miguel.

“Beavers rule the wetlands,” said Pritka. “ because they can squash animals with their flat tails.”

“If I were a beaver, I would be wet and cool in the water,” said Philippe. He thought for a moment. “I would recommend this book to my dad. He would be interested because he likes to swim in the water, too.”


by Patricia J. Murphy
Capstone Press Pebble Books
ISBN: 0-7368-2072-8W
Grades PreK-2

“Coyotes are in the dog family,” said Steven.
“They look like puppies when they are young,” said Raymond.

“Coyotes aren’t fed, (like dogs) you know?” said Lucas. “They have to catch their own food.”

“If I were a coyote, I would eat meat,” said Steven, “ . . . like rabbits.”

“I enjoyed this book,” said Lucas, “because it gives you information about an animal that lives on the grasslands.”


by Helen Frost
Capstone Press Pebble Books
ISBN: 0-7368-2093-0W
Grades PreK-2


“Fog forms from air and water,” said Pritka.

“It’s called water vapor,” said Jake.

“Fog is a cloud,” said Pritka.

“Fog can be near water or ground,” said Philippe.

“When it gets foggy, you can’t see,” said Kiley.

“Yeah, it can be dangerous,” said Barry.

“No one can see through thick fog,” said Lucy. “It looks like dusty air.”

“When it gets foggy, people in cars can’t see, so they have to put on their lights,” said Kiley.

“And, planes can’t land in thick fog,” said Philippe.

“There are all kinds of fog,” said Juan, “Like advection fog, and ice fog.”

“I’d like to live in the ice/snow type of fog because I just LOVE SNOW!” said Annie. “But, if I stay in it for a long time, I might become frozen.”


Emily Rose Townsend
Capstone Press Pebble Books
ISBN: 0-7368-2357-3W
Grades PreK-2


“Penguins are a type of bird,” said Alexa.

“Penguins are a type of bird,” said Annie.

“They can swim,” said Jake.

“But they can’t fly,” said Kiley.

“They are the only birds that can’t fly,” said Pritka.

“They love coldness,” said Lucy. “so they live in Antarctica.”

“South of the equator,” said Juan.

“Penguins have black and white feathers,” said Annie.

“And they are fat to keep warm,” said Kiley.

“Well, if I were a penguin, I would be cold, too,” said Philippe with a laugh.

“I think penguins look like toys,” said Keisha.

“If you read this animal book, you will be an animal wizard,” said Pritka. “. . . and that’s a fact.”


by Lisa Trumbauer
Capstone Press Pebble Books
ISBN: 0-7368-2371-9W
Grades PreK-2


“Sitting Bull was a Lakota Indian,” said Annie.

“He was born in the 1830s,” said Philippe.

“Sitting Bull is remembered for defending the American Indians’ way of life,” said Juan.

“His army won the battle,” said Keisha, “but it was pretty sad how they had to move away after the war.”

“If I were Sitting Bull and I fought in the war,” said Lucy, “I would go straight home and never go back again.”

“I wish I could rule the land,” said Keisha, “because there are bad things going on in this land and I think I can change them.”


by Emily Rose Townsend
Capstone Press Pebble Books
ISBN: 0-7368-2070-1W
Grades PreK-2


“Woodpeckers live in the woodlands,” said Pritka.

“They are red-headed birds,” said Annie.

“Woodpeckers have sharp tongues,” said Lucy, “Their tongues look like worms.”

“So that they can grab bugs,” said Keisha.

“They eat nuts, seeds, and fruits, too,” said Kiley.

“And they have long beaks,” said Barry.

“Woodpeckers like to drill holes in trees,” said Philippe.

“Yeah,” agreed Annie. “They make a drumming sound.”

“I’d recommend this book to a kid who would like to learn about the creatures of the woods,” said Juan.

“Yep,” said Jake, “And I like this book because it tells you facts.”




Have children work in small groups to make a list of as many animals that they can think of.

Dog, Cow, Dolphin, Deer, Bear, Duck, Cat, Shark, Pig

Then, have them categorize the animals into the habitats or environments in which they live. Add as many different environments as there are animals to fill each category.

FARM ANIMALS:     Cow, Pig


OCEAN ANIMALS:  Dolphin, Shark


Have the children bring their lists to a whole group meeting. On the board or on chart paper write headings for several environment/habitat areas.

To get more mileage from this lesson, write each animal name on 2” x 4” flashcards. Then make another set of cards with a variety of environments written on them. Laminate cards for durability. Store cards in a 6” x 9” envelope and place in a Language Arts/Science center. Children can match the animal cards to the habitat/environment cards. Some animal cards may fit into more than one category.



Choose five to ten animal names from the list that the children generated in the above lesson or you can use this as a stand-alone lesson by making up your own set of animal words. Then jumble the letters and make a worksheet like the one below. There is a great website that will scramble the letters of words for you instantly. See SUGGESTED WEBSITES below. Children can work in small groups or individually to unscramble the letters to make words.


1. act          ________________             2. dgo        ________________

3. srhka      ________________             4. nphoidl   ________________

5. ebar       ________________             6. eerd       ________________

7. woc        ________________             8. gip________________



Use the same five to ten animal names from ANIMAL SPELL and SCRAMBLE (above) and prepare 2” x 4” flash cards. Write one set of cards with the scrambled words on them and one set of cards with the real words on them. Then pass out the cards to the children. Have a child with the jumbled letters hold a card up. The child with the “real word” holds up the matching card.


ebar   bear

For spelling practice have the whole class say the word, spell it, and say it again. Then place the game in a Language Arts/Science center and have children match the cards and spell the words.



(Although I examined this website and found it to be helpful, please use it at your own discretion.)’s Word Scramble Generator


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April 11, 2014 - Posted by | Teacher's Pets: Book Reviews | , , , , , , ,


  1. Hi Donna,

    Are you working with kids again or are these reviews from the old days?

    Do you hear the sound of hammering in the background? Our kitchen renovation has begun. What a mess! My aim is to live long enough to enjoy it at the end. Meantime…


    Look at your calendar and let’s set a Skype date.

    From the dust, Nancy

    Sent from my iPad


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