Review: THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF BIGFOOT by Michael Burgan

bookcover of THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF BIGFOOT  (First Facts)  by Michael Burgan

THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF BIGFOOT is an attractive, well composed book for children reading at the 3rd Grade level.

It's approach is talk about the legends and theories about what/who Bigfoot might be, with some speculation as to what it might take to track one down.  As much as is possible the author doesn't totally debunk the existence of Bigfoot, so children who might be exceedingly fond of these creatures will be able to hang on the possibility of their existence for a bit longer.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Creature in the Woods
History and Legend
Bigfoot or Not?
Searching for Bigfoot

Glossary
Read More
Internet Sites
Index

The book is organized so that on one page there will be large photo with a comment box --which will say something about the photo or which will have an interesting snippet of information; while on the opposing page there will be 1-to-2 paragraphs of facts.

sample page #1 from bookcover of THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF BIGFOOT  (First Facts)  by Michael Burgan (exclusive booksforkids-reviews.com)

There is also something that I haven't seen before in a Capstone book, and that is TRUE or FALSE pages.  On these pages the author asks a question, and to my surprise both True and False answers were given.  (see the samples below)
sample page #2 from bookcover of THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF BIGFOOT  (First Facts)  by Michael Burgan (exclusive booksforkids-reviews.com)

For those of you who aren't loading photos, here's a text example.  The question was whether high-tech equipment can help researchers find Bigfoot.  And here are two sample answers. 

TRUE:
--They also use cameras that work best at night.  

FALSE:
--Many pictures and videos taken of Bigfoot are blurry. 


The photos in this book are interesting and there is lots of color which I really like.   I even learned something, so this might be a good choice for the classroom or to borrow from the library, as the 'monster appeal' is definitely something that can get children reading. 

Pam~


THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF BIGFOOT
(First Facts)
by Michael Burgan

Reading Information:
Word Count: 663
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reader:  3.5 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 155843
Lexile: 650L



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