An Australian Outback Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure

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Welcome to the Australian Outback! As your jeep bumps along an empty road, the dry, dusty land all around you bakes in the heat. But the Outback is full of life, from a frilled lizard snapping at bush flies to a kangaroo family munching on grass. Day and night in the Outback, the hunt is on to find food—and to avoid becoming someone else's next meal. All living things are connected to one another in a food chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and insect to animal. What path will you ...

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Overview

Welcome to the Australian Outback! As your jeep bumps along an empty road, the dry, dusty land all around you bakes in the heat. But the Outback is full of life, from a frilled lizard snapping at bush flies to a kangaroo family munching on grass. Day and night in the Outback, the hunt is on to find food—and to avoid becoming someone else's next meal. All living things are connected to one another in a food chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and insect to animal. What path will you take to follow the food chain through the Outback? Will you … Run with a pack of dingos? Lurk with a saltwater crocodile as it stalks its prey? Swoop through the night sky with a ghost bat? Follow all three chains and many more on this who-eats-what adventure!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

Numerous photos of plants and animals in their habitats appear on these pages, accompanied by an explanation of the basic elements of a food chain and definitions of terms such as predators, consumers, producers, and decomposers. What sets these books apart from others on the topic is their "choose your own adventure" style. After transporting readers to an unfamiliar habitat ("It's July, and the Arctic tundra is in full bloom"), the authors instruct them to choose one of the region's carnivores and explore its food chain. Six animals (grizzly bear, snowy owl, Arctic wolf, polar bear, wolverine, and peregrine falcon) are presented in Tundra and four (dingo, saltwater crocodile, wedge-tailed eagle, Gould's monitor) in Outback . Choices result in returning to some pages more than once and sometimes discovering a "dead end"-a critically endangered or extinct animal. Then it's back to the beginning to select a new carnivore. The interconnections created by the choices effectively illustrate the complexity of food webs while providing information about the plants and animals that form the components. Lively, engaging writing helps sustain interest. The back matter will assist report writers, and the possibility of choosing among options to create numerous "plots" will entice a broad audience to learn about life in unfamiliar places.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822574996
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Follow That Food Chain Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Hogue Wojahn is an elementary school library media specialist. She holds degrees in elementary education and library science. Her publications include Thanks a Million, Dr. Kate and Evan Early. She has also contributed to Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), the Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, Highlights for Children, Cobblestone, Appleseeds, Faces, the School Library Journal, Book Links, and Library Sparks. Donald Wojahn is a middle school library media specialist, who has also taught middle school reading, language arts, social studies, and math. He has degrees in elementary education and education technology.

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