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101 Facts about Tropical Rain Forests (101 Facts about Our World Series)

101 Facts about Tropical Rain Forests (101 Facts about Our World Series)

by Julia Barnes

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Children's Literature
More than half the species in the world live in the tropical rain forest; the howler monkey may be the noisiest animal in the rain forest. This interesting information, along with 99 other pieces of information about tropical rain forests, comprises this nonfiction book. An introductory page provides information about the benefits of the world's rain forests and the dangers they currently face. Preceding the list of 101 facts is a world map highlighting the locations of the tropical rain forests. The rest of the information is presented by numbered facts with seven to ten facts on each two-page spread. Much of the information presented focuses on the numerous animals living in the tropical rain forests but other information about topics such as the layers of the rain forest, plants of the rain forest, and people of the rain forest is included. Elementary school teachers and students will find this book very useful during a unit about the world's habitats. For ease of use, the book includes a glossary and index. In addition, excellent web links for additional information on the topic and a list of suggested books for further reading are provided. 2004 (orig. 2003), Gareth Stevens Publishing/World Almanac Education Group, Ages 8 to 11.
—Nancy T. Braverman
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Packaging information about a topic as an accumulation of facts relieves an author of the need for transitions and reduces the necessity of logical organization. Although this approach might work for coverage of narrow topics, trying to introduce subjects as complex as oceans, rivers, or tropical rain forests leads to random comments on a number of related areas. Each book provides some information about the location and structure of its subject. Barnes also includes some tidbits about animals that live in or near these environments, but not all of the statements indicate in what part of the world these creatures are found. A two-page map at the front of each title identifies the global extent of the habitat under discussion. Among the 101 "facts" are many statistics, as might be expected. Elsewhere, the texts are little more than hodgepodges of numbered statements. Small photographs are not striking enough to hold the attention of browsers, and the volumes offer too little substance to be useful to report writers.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
One Hundred One Facts about Our World Series
Product dimensions:
8.96(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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