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Adaptation
     

Adaptation

by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, Laura Silverstein Nunn
 
There are creatures living in almost every part of the world-from the hot rainy tropics to the icy polar caps, and from the dry desert to the depths of the ocean. No matter where they live on Earth, all living things seem to be perfectly suited to their environment. Scientists say that these adaptations did not happen overnight. They are the result of a long process

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There are creatures living in almost every part of the world-from the hot rainy tropics to the icy polar caps, and from the dry desert to the depths of the ocean. No matter where they live on Earth, all living things seem to be perfectly suited to their environment. Scientists say that these adaptations did not happen overnight. They are the result of a long process of gradual changes over many generations. Well-known science writers Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn explain Darwin's theory of evolution, unique adaptations of humans and other animals, and what the latest research on adaptation reveals.

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Children's Literature
The lizard on the cover photo of this book wants to talk. Mouth open, crown high, his personality jumps out, and he will make this book, part of the �Science Concepts� jump off the shelf. After that, the authors� clear writing and well-designed outline will keep kids reading about how and why animals adapt to different environments. The authors start by explaining evolution, and how different types of animals came to live in different places. Then they address the individual adaptations for each area. In chapter three, �Extreme Habitats� we learn, for example that kangaroo rats are adapted to the desert. They �beat the heat by sleeping through the hot, sunny days in their burrows, deep in the sand. They plug up the entrances to keep their burrows cool and hold in moisture. They go out to gather seeds at night when it is cooler.� We also learn about desert plants, plants and animals of the Polar Regions, and of the ocean vents. Most spreads have two pictures, but even those that do not are broken by shaded text. Each of the six chapters is divided into subsections that can be easily digested before moving on. Most middle readers could understand the writing, but the subject matter will be relevant through beginning biology in high school. While this book will be used for reports, it will also satisfy nonfiction readers. Backmatter includes a glossary, bibliography, further resources, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822534341
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
Lerner Science Concepts Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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