Giant Pandas in a Shrinking Forest: A Cause and Effect Investigation

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Forced into smaller and smaller areas, the giant panda is losing its habitat. As their habitat decreases, pandas are pushed to the edge of change. Discover how scientists are trying to answer the questions behind giant pandas in a shrinking forest.

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Overview

Forced into smaller and smaller areas, the giant panda is losing its habitat. As their habitat decreases, pandas are pushed to the edge of change. Discover how scientists are trying to answer the questions behind giant pandas in a shrinking forest.

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Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
Readers learn that the giant pandas are becoming very rare. But why? Pandas have few enemies and are highly adaptable—they have learned to live in China's highest mountain ranges in the wet bamboo forests. In clear, well-written text, Allen describes the panda's voracious appetite for bamboo, as well as the threats to their habitat, including the loss of forest land from coal mining and construction in China. Although there are at least one or two new vocabulary items on each page (e.g., "poacher," "captive" and "pelt") readers will be delighted to find that Allen highlights each word within the text and then includes a short definition as a footnote. The same terms are later included in a glossary, but readers are much more likely to learn their meanings when the definitions are so accessible. Once the panda's predicament is explained fully, Allen then discusses what is being done to save them and what we can expect in the future. There is some information about this species' life cycle, including a rudimentary flow chart. Full color photographs, each with a helpful caption, are included on every page. New vocabulary terms such as "poacher" and "captive" are highlighted and included in the glossary. Students will be most likely to use this text as a reference; it also includes a list of resources, a limited index and suggested reading, including Internet sites. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429654012
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Animals on the Edge Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.01 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Disappearing Giant Pandas 4

Chapter 2 A Human Threat 12

Chapter 3 Saving the Giant Panda 18

Chapter 4 The Giant Panda's Future 24

Life in the Bamboo Forest 28

Resources to Help Pandas 29

Glossary 30

Read More 31

Internet Sites 31

Index 32

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