About Habitats: Mountains

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Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer readers a first glimpse into mountain habitats. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teaches children what mountains are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. John Sill's superbly detailed full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of mountain landscapes-from the snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya Mountains in Asia to the forested slopes of the Appalachians in the United States. A wide ...

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Overview

Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer readers a first glimpse into mountain habitats. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teaches children what mountains are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. John Sill's superbly detailed full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of mountain landscapes-from the snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya Mountains in Asia to the forested slopes of the Appalachians in the United States. A wide variety of the plants and animals that live on mountains are also represented. A glossary and afterword provide readers with further fascinating details about mountains.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Beautiful paintings of nature scenes appear on the right-hand side of each double-page spread. Each plate is numbered and titled. Those with animals identify the species. Each left-side page has one line of text in large font. For instance the first page informs, "Mountains are places that rise high above the surrounding land." The accompanying illustration shows Mount McKinley with a caribou in the foreground. The text on the next page states, "Most mountains are groups called ranges." A picture of the Teton Range with a Trumpeter Swan in a stream is on the right. Seventeen pictures with captions appear in the same format. Fortunately an Afterword provides smaller versions of the paintings and a paragraph of information about the mountains and animals featured. Also included are a glossary and a bibliography listing both books and websites. Young children will learn basic information and older students can use the book effectively for research. "About Habitats" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

The majesty of mountains comes through in the almost poetic language and quiet illustrations in this picture book. On each spread, a sentence or two faces a full-page illustration. "Many kinds of plants and animals are able to live in warmer mountain forests" shows a view of Mount Mitchell in the Blue Ridge Mountains inhabited by a black bear, a broad-winged hawk, an Eastern chipmunk, a black-throated green warbler, a woodchuck, flame azalea, and mountain laurel. Readers can take the time to drink in every detail of the fine drawing and have fun finding the flora and fauna. Most of the mountains are in the U.S., but Asia, South America, and Europe are also represented. "Mountains are important places that need to be protected," describes the Virunga Mountains in east-central Africa, habitat of the mountain gorillas. An afterword offers a paragraph with more details about each two-page entry. A beautiful and informative selection.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

Kirkus Reviews
In this introduction to the mountain habitat, Cathryn Sill relates facts about mountains and the living things that make their homes on them. The text is composed of simple sentences, one to two on each left-hand page, set against a white background. On each right-hand page appears John Sill's realistic watercolor illustration of a particular mountain or mountain range. One page informs readers, for instance, that "plants and animals living on steep, rocky mountainsides have special ways of surviving." The watercolor opposite depicts, according to its label, the Alps, with parsley fern and wallcreeper in situ. To truly understand the connection between picture and text, readers must visit the afterword, which consists of thumbnails of each illustration, along with additional information. Here, they learn details about how the parsley fern and the wallcreeper survive in a steep, rocky environment. A solid introduction sure to help readers develop an appreciation for the scope and unique beauty of the mountains and mountain ranges that grace our planet. (glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454693
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: About Habitats Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 463,748
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: NC780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted October 10, 2012

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    Lovely introduction to the study of mountains for the young child

    About the book: This lovely picture book explores the major attributes and majestic beauty of mountains, using examples from around the globe. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teaches children what mountains are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. The superbly detailed full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of mountain landscapes—from the snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya Mountains in Asia to the forested slopes of the Appalachians in the United States. A wide variety of the plants and animals that live on mountains are also represented. A glossary and afterword provide readers with further fascinating details about mountains. My thoughts: The young age 4 to 7 child who has the pleasure to read and study this book will enjoy the soft colors and simple rendering of accurate illustrations of the various mountain habitats. Eagles soaring. Mountain goats perched precariously in virtually perpendicular places. Sharp peaks. Sloping, rounded roofs of the world. Snow capped. Volcanic. All are depicted for the child to travel through the mountains of the world enriching his vocabulary and knowledge while he enjoys beauty. This is the first habitat book I've review and it is an interesting presentation as an introduction to the study of our world for the young child. At the beginning of the book is a world map with mountain ranges featured in the book indicated on the map. I recommend this along with the other "About" books by Carolyn and John Sill. Disclosure: Peachtree Publishers provided a complimentary copy of About Habitats: Mountains to facilitate a review with my honest opinion.

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