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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 3 to 7.
This attractive and colorful nonfiction text is one of three titles in a series of "First Step" Lerner books about ecology. This particular text describes and presents photographs about animals in their environments. Some of the interesting examples of animals in their environment include a prairie dog poking its head out of the brown ground and a spotted giraffe on the African plains, stretching its long neck to eat leaves from the branches of a scraggly tree high above. The appealing, full-color photographs, simple patterned text, and bold captions all help support early readers in gaining an understanding of specific animals adapting to their unique settings. This book introduces young readers to important vocabulary words such as adapt and environment. Important words are highlighted in boldface type, and there is a glossary at the back of the book. Also at the back of this small text are an index and two pages of several additional animal facts. One such fact is that animals are helpful to humans. For example, the bat can eat 600 mosquitoes in one hour. Very young children will enjoy reading and learning from this attractive nonfiction text, with or without adult assistance. Teachers will welcome this engaging child-friendly book about animals because it will appeal to their students while supporting national curriculum standards related to the natural sciences and ecology. Reviewer: Susan Borges