Caribou: And Reindeer, Too

Caribou: And Reindeer, Too

by Joyce Markovics
     
 

The fog was thick on the Firth River in northern Canada in June 2001. From the window of his cabin, biologist Karsten Heuer watched the riverbank. Through a break in the fog, he saw a group of seven grizzly bears gathered near the river. Then coming toward the river, he saw a much larger group of animals. "Caribou!" he gasped. Seeing the caribou made Karsten wonder

Overview

The fog was thick on the Firth River in northern Canada in June 2001. From the window of his cabin, biologist Karsten Heuer watched the riverbank. Through a break in the fog, he saw a group of seven grizzly bears gathered near the river. Then coming toward the river, he saw a much larger group of animals. "Caribou!" he gasped. Seeing the caribou made Karsten wonder how these large, hoofed animals were able to survive in one of the coldest places on Earth-the Arctic!

Look inside to find out about the incredible Arctic adventure that unfolded as Karsten and his wife, Leanne, decided to track these fast runners. You'll also discover how caribou are built to live in the freezing Arctic, how they protect themselves from enemies and raise their young-and how humans can help save them and their icy habitat.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
In June 2001, biologist Karsten Heuer was watching a group of grizzly bears through his binoculars when suddenly the whole hillside behind the bears seemed to move. Heuer looked closer and realized he was seeing thousands of caribou moving through the valley. The noise as their hooves pounded the ground as they ran sounded like thunder. In this, part of the "Built for Cold" Arctic Animals" series from Bearport Publishing, young readers will learn about how the caribou are adapted to life in the cold arctic region, one of the coldest places on earth; how the caribou live and raise their young; how they protect themselves from predators; how their habitat is being threatened; and what we can do to help save them; and much more. The layout of the book is such that lots of information is presented in a visually appealing manner. The text is minimal, generally presented in one paragraph accompanied by information packed sidebars and photo captions. Much of each page consists of full color photographs and graphics highlighting the text information. Behind the text, photos and graphics, is a snowy background, further emphasizing the cold Arctic climate. Back matter includes a page of caribou facts, short discussion of the grizzly bear and golden eagle, two other arctic animals; a glossary of terms which have been bolded in the text; bibliography; suggestions for further reading, both online and in print; and a detailed index. Also included is a "short about the author" section. It all adds up to a great package for the nine to twelve year old biologist and at only thirty-two pages is ideal for the reluctant reader. Reviewer: Pat Trattles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617721304
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2011
Series:
Built for Cold Series: Arctic Animals
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,213,597
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
IG1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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