Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Rodents

A Guide for Children 

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of rodents.

In this addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what rodents are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to a variety of rodents, from the tiny Eurasian Harvest Mouse to the hefty Capybara of South America. An afterword provides details on the animals featured and inspires young readers to learn more.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-454-9
Publication Date: 9/1/2008
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-914-8
Publication Date: 2/1/2016
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.6
F&P: GRL J, Gr 1, Genre I
Lexile: 530L
Themes: Rodent Behavior, Rodent Characteristics, Rodent Habitats
BISAC 1: JNF051050 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Biology
BISAC 3: JNF003160 JUVENILE NONFICTION/Animals/Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Squirrels, etc.


“A fine entry in the Sills’s series and is perfect for collections that are looking for quality nonfiction about a resilient family that is so much more than mice and rats.” ―School Library Journal

“Beautifully illustrated with clear, well-composed paintings of animals, this book shows respect for its audience as well as its subject.” ―Booklist

“The husband and wife team, Cathryn and John Sill are also doing fine work in the field of informational science picture books.” ―The Carroll News

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“It is a great book for younger readers as well as older ones…” ―New Mexico Kids!

“A Keeper.” ―Virginian-Pilot

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Best Children’s Books of the Year ― Bank Street College of Education, 2009

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ― Kansas National Education Association, 2009

North Carolina Author Awards (Nominee, AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ― North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2009

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.