Children's LiteratureFilled with technical and scientific information about farms and citiessuch as climate, geology, ecosystems, wildlife, etc.this book, a part of the "Biomes of the Earth" series, is designed for students in a science or agriculture class. Moore organized the chapters into helpful, color-coded sections. The chapters include: "Geography of Farms and Cities," "Geology of Farms and Cities, "Farms and Cities as Ecosystems," "Biodiversity in Farms and Cities," "The History and Prehistory of Farms and Cities," and "Agricultural and Urban Conservation." In the table of contents, these chapters are further divided into subtopics. Other textbook tools include a web site section, a bibliography and further reading section organized by relevant topics, an index, a glossary, pictures, and charts. The daunting terminology and phraseology serves as a drawback to the piece. Though they can be found in the index, key words are not always defined after first use in the text itself. Though the pictures, graphs, and charts provided are helpful, the majority of the book is formatted with pages upon pages of horizontal text lacking key elements to attract visual learners, such as: text broken up by pictures, graphics, and charts; important questions to be answered within the information; important words highlighted. In addition, the content of the book presents the theory of evolution as fact without discussing other popular theories. 2006, Chelsea House Publishers, Ages 9 to 12.
Jamaica Johnson Conner