Around the Pond: The Wild Wonders Series

Around the Pond: The Wild Wonders Series

by Ann C. Cooper, Dorothy Emerling
     
 

Meet frogs, muskrats, and other common animals who make their homes in the pond ecosystem. Stories and fact pages underscore the interdependence of the animals in their habitat. Includes treasure maps and games. Ages 5-9  See more details below

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Meet frogs, muskrats, and other common animals who make their homes in the pond ecosystem. Stories and fact pages underscore the interdependence of the animals in their habitat. Includes treasure maps and games. Ages 5-9

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Children's Literature - Ellen R. Braaf
Frogs, blackbirds, skunks, dragonflies, grebes, turtles, diving beetles, muskrats, and herons are the pond animals featured in this fact-filled book. The cycle of the seasons, the life cycle of a pond, and the concept of the food chain are also touched upon in this ambitious work. The author has a poetic style, but in an effort to be lyrical, license is sometimes taken with scientific principles. "On land and in water, pond habitats grow lots of food: roots and shoots, seeds and weeds, prey for predators, and especially insects galore. No wonder so many creatures choose to live here!" Habitats don't grow food and animals don't choose their habitats. In the section entitled "Dragonfly Details: Mating Time," the female "...curls her tail under her body to get sperm to make her eggs grow." The use of the term "tail" for the insect's elongated abdomen is misleading. According to the family life/sex education guidelines adopted by many schools, some material in this book may not be age-appropriate for grades K through 3.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6A healthy pond is a wondrously populous and busy place, teeming (in spring, summer, and early autumn) with a seemingly limitless variety of life, from tiny one-celled animals and plants to large mammals and birds. In a series of vignettes, Cooper offers windows into this complex ecosystem, following each fictional (but believable and scientifically possible) episode with snippets of further information about the featured critter. Realistic illustrations in soft washes of blue and green, gold and brown keep perfect step with the readable text, presenting tranquil impressions of the ponds diverse inhabitants. (Problematically for purists, the imaginary installments contain a modicum of anthropomorphism, but for the most part it is unobtrusive.) Combine this attractive title with such fictional works as William T. Georges Long Pond series (Greenwillow) and Jennifer Deweys At the Edge of the Pond (Little, Brown, 1987; o.p.), the poems in Marilyn Singers Turtle in July (Macmillan, 1989), and Bianca Laviess photographically as well as factually appealing Lily Pad Pond (Dutton, 1989; o.p.) and youll have a fine whole-language unit on a fascinating water world.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570982231
Publisher:
Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Series:
Wild Wonders Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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