Baby Animals in Wetland Habitats

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School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Expanding on a topic introduced in her Where Do Animals Live? (Crabtree, 2010), Kalman examines various habitats while upping the appeal with frequent references—heavily reflected in the accompanying photos—to the young of resident mammals or, on occasion, birds. Even in Ocean, fish put in but occasional appearances among the sea mammals, penguins, and polar bears. Each volume points out the difference between living and nonliving parts of the habitat (an important distinction for readers who are still hazy on the concept), discusses food chains and reproductive cycles, and closes with a particularly useful combined glossary/index that includes small photos. Aside from the narrowness of the overall topic, plus a confusing tendency in Desert to use "meerkat" and the equivalent, but less common, "suricate" interchangeably, all of these titles will enhance natural science collections.
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This text is part of a series "The Habitats of Baby Animals" specifically focused on introducing early readers to geographic regions through the use of baby animals, something most young children will respond to with enthusiasm. This particular text, with its focus on wetland habitats, contains ten sensibly-organized chapters that begin with a definition of a habitat and then moves into more and more detail as it focuses on what lives in a wetland habitat and how different, for example, how a swamp wetland is different from a marsh wetland. The book then moves into a consideration of specific wetland animals and the care given by mothers. Final sections show what wetland animals eat in anticipation of a wetlands food chain (I can't help but think, though, that children will be a little concerned when they read that the baby rabbit will be eaten by a cougar). Well-chosen photos support the intent of the author to pull young readers in through their enjoyment of baby animals. This book attempts to provide a broad informational baseline for young readers, and it succeeds. I was a little disappointed that there was no resource or "For more information" sections, but again, further research does not really seem to be the focus on this text. This is a good beginning series to help students understand basic concepts in each topic under study. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778777434
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: Habitats of Baby Animals , #6
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 599,540
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

What is a habitat? 4

Living and non-living 6

Two kinds of wetlands 8

Wetland babies 10

Baby reptiles hatch 12

Birds and chicks 14

Mammal babies 16

Cold bodies 18

Wetland food 20

Wetland food chain 22

Words to know and Index 24

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