At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species

At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species

by Madeleine Dunphy, Michael Rothman
     
 

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At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species teaches young readers about the gopher tortoise and the more than 360 different kinds of animals that depend on it for survival. From owls to rabbits, from skunks to scorpions, the gopher tortoise provides creatures with shelter, food, or a place to raise their young. In this fascinating

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At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species teaches young readers about the gopher tortoise and the more than 360 different kinds of animals that depend on it for survival. From owls to rabbits, from skunks to scorpions, the gopher tortoise provides creatures with shelter, food, or a place to raise their young. In this fascinating tale of ecological interdependency, glorious illustrations reveal the gopher tortoise's world both below and above ground, showing children how the fate of one species is important to so many others.

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Children's Literature - Laura Backman
The Gopher Tortoise, native to the Southeastern United States, is known as a Keystone Species because over 360 other species depend on its burrows for nesting, protection, and sustenance. Animals including owls, rabbits, skunks, and scorpions, rely on the gopher tortoise's burrow for shelter, food, or a place to raise their young. At night a skunk walks down the tortoise's burrows looking for food. One of the animals the skunk looks for, the Florida mouse, raises its babies in a tunnel that she has dug off of the main tortoise burrow. She is not the only one who uses the burrows as a nursery. Burrowing owls also use it to raise their chicks. In this intriguing tale of ecological interdependency, beautiful illustrations reveal the gopher tortoise's world, showing children how the fate of one species is intertwined with so many others. The author combines science in a narrative style that flows easily and is highly engaging to read. The back matter includes a more information about the gopher tortoise, the animals it benefits, and a link to the Gopher Tortoise Council. This title fits with life science units, and local and state grade level expectations including: species similarities and differences, respect for living things, and responsibility of protecting living things. Reviewer: Laura Backman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977753963
Publisher:
Web of Life Children's Books
Publication date:
07/29/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,320,298
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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