This collection of passages for Grade 3 provides students with close reading practice. The animals described in this book are extraordinary. They are unlike any other animal that we see on earth, and yet some might think they look like a combination of different animals. But they are real and very unique. Where do they live? What do they look like? How do they protect themselves? How can we make sure they do not face extinction? Read the excerpts closely to answer these questions and more about these fascinating animals. Also included are places to pause and reflect on the text and opportunities to respond to the reading.