Dear Parents and Guardians:
While looking at the photos and reading the poems on pages 6–11, you and your child will learn about mammals. As you read about lions, polar bears and seals, ask your child if people have similar traits—yes, we have hair, babies get milk from their mothers, and our bodies create heat. Ask your child to answer Ricky Raccoon’s question on page 10, “I’m a mammal, too. What about you?”
“Animal Fun” on pages 12-13 encourages children to look at an illustration and think about what they see. It challenges them to answer questions such as: “Find a mammal that can hop. How many are there?” After working with your child to answer the questions embedded in the illustration, ask your child other questions about the illustration. Here are a few suggestions: “Can you name the mammals swimming in the water?” or “How many monkeys are climbing in the tree?” Can you think of more questions?
Turn to pages 20–21 and ask your child to name the mammal. If he or she doesn’t know ORCA, calling it a porpoise or whale is really close. Have your child tell you the letters in the mammal’s name O R C A. Share the pictures in this letter that show an adult orca and a school bus are about the same size.
You and your child can read about orcas at this National Wildlife Federation website:
To watch orcas swim in the ocean, watch this YouTube video:
Mike Wilson, Founder
Prekindergarten Reading Encouragement Project
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.