Butternut Hollow Pond

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In the course of a full day at Butternut Hollow Pond, readers will meet water striders, snapping turtles, herons, woodchucks, and other animals that live in the pond. Readers will learn how each creature fits into the habitat’s food chain.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2000
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2006-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF051100, JNF003000
Dewey 591.763
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 8
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 46558
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Brian Heinz

Illustrator: Bob Marstall


  • CBC Children's Books Mean Business, Winner, 2000
  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 2000


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“Heinz introduces readers to the drama of nature in this day-in-the-life look at Butternut Hollow Pond, where hunters become hunted and creatures all play a part in a complex, interdependent life cycle. Water striders, dragonflies, mallard ducks, snapping turtles, and many other animals appear in Marstall’s detailed illustrations.”
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The Horn Book Guide

“Heinz describes the course of the day from dawn to night in a pond. The food chain, and the many close escapes involved in animals’ attempts to eat one another, provide narrative momentum and some suspense. The warm, detailed illustrations encourage the reader to sympathize with the animals and their quest for survival, while the matter-of-fact tone of the text eschews sentimentality.”
The Horn Book Guide