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Journey Through the Northern Rainforest
     

Journey Through the Northern Rainforest

by Karen Pandell, Denise Takahashi (Illustrator)
 
Put on a Haida Indian eagle mask and soar as a magnificent bird of prey into the endangered world of the northern rainforest. Delicate, clearly captioned line drawings guide readers on an unforgettable journey through the seasons of a bald eagle's year, while crystalline photographs by world-renowned nature photographer Art Wolfe and a compelling, fact-filled

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Put on a Haida Indian eagle mask and soar as a magnificent bird of prey into the endangered world of the northern rainforest. Delicate, clearly captioned line drawings guide readers on an unforgettable journey through the seasons of a bald eagle's year, while crystalline photographs by world-renowned nature photographer Art Wolfe and a compelling, fact-filled narrative by Karen Pandell reveal the secrets of our national bird's natural habitat. Readers will learn the cycles that keep this fascinating and essential ecosystem in balance, from the great engine of the water system to the forest's fertile patterns of decay and rebirth. Detailed notes (including Web site information) are provided at the end of the book for those who want to become more involved in saving this most precious of our natural resources.

Both a cultural lesson on humanity's role in the world's ecosystem and a stunning pictorial of the only North American rainforests and their inhabitants, this book will be a favorite for nature lovers of all ages

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Pandell and Wolfe take readers to the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Pandell explains the various components of the ecosystem, demonstrating the complexity of an environment that cannot be replaced by rows of trees planted after clear-cutting has destroyed animal habitats and altered the complex ecological balance. She does a fine job of explaining the cycle that brings a supply of moisture to this area of the continent and makes the establishment and maintenance of temperate rainforests possible. The narrative opens with a modern Haida artist who carves masks from western red cedar and other rainforest trees, and concludes with a one-page discussion of the work of two naturalists in Juneau, AK, who identify the oldest rainforest giants for the Landmark Tree Project. The arresting photographs capture the variety of plant and animal life. However, on each double-page spread, there is also a small drawing inserted somewhere in text or pictures that urges readers to consider the topic at hand from the viewpoint of an eagle. In most cases, this intrusion is more distracting than stimulating. The use of the phrase "nursery log" instead of "nurse log" for fallen trees that serve as a foundation for others may confuse or perplex those who consult other sources. Virginia Wright-Frierson's A North American Rain Forest Scrapbook (Walker, 1999) also presents a worthwhile introduction to the topic for the same age group. The strongest feature of this new title is the photographs.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525458043
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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