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Nature's Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats
     

Nature's Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats

by Mary Miché, Consie Powell (Illustrator)
 

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Just imagine all of nature - mountains, prairies, oceans, and all - lying on your bed as a patchwork quilt! Take flora and fauna in their unique habitats, fold them up and you have a book, this book. Earth's major habitats are spread before you, ready to be examined. Here in this beautiful package are revealed the key concepts of natural science. This patchwork

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Just imagine all of nature - mountains, prairies, oceans, and all - lying on your bed as a patchwork quilt! Take flora and fauna in their unique habitats, fold them up and you have a book, this book. Earth's major habitats are spread before you, ready to be examined. Here in this beautiful package are revealed the key concepts of natural science. This patchwork quilt of nature covers the whole Earth, your home - yours to learn about, to enjoy, to care for, and to love.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Greene
Just as a patchwork quilt has colorful, interlinked pieces, nature's habitats can be described with similar concepts like biodiversity and interdependence. Building on this metaphor, Miche's book takes us through several specific habitats while introducing biology terms integral in understanding natural systems. Clearly and concisely defining concepts such as food chains, adaptation, and deforestation, this text ushers young readers into understanding the complexity of the natural world. The illustrations for each habitat page are like a quilt as well, with patterned blocks containing various plants and animals found in that habitat. While the idea of using quilting as a metaphor for biomes is sound, the text does not utilize it to its full potential. Additionally, the realistic illustrations are beautiful, but might have been better served with the inclusion of additional information. Instead, they rely on outside knowledge and parental involvement to attempt to identify the species within each quilting block. Likewise, the illustrations do not show the interdependence of the animals, but rather show each element pictured alone, often leaving children on their own to figure out how the elements are interrelated or might interact. Even when the text lists animals in a food chain, the pictures do not necessarily emphasize these relationships. Likewise, one page defining environmentalists is accompanied with pictures of many different people. While this page includes names, there is little information about what role each environmentalist plays. Children must go beyond this text to the series "Earth Heroes" by Dawn Publishing for the answer. As an upside, the activities contained at the back of the book are inspired and sure to offer educators and parents full lesson plans or days of thought-provoking fun to reinforce the text. Recommended for children ages four to ten, this book proves a good introductory resource in understanding natural science concepts. Reviewer: Jennifer Greene
School Library Journal
Gr 2�4—This concept book compares the interdependence of the Earth's flora and fauna to the intricate structure of a quilt. Each spread features a drawing of a habitat framed by quiltlike strips featuring the various birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, plants, and insects to be found there. The full-color, earth-tone illustrations are detailed and inviting, and it's fun to search for the one person always featured in each quilt. Prairie, lake, pond, and Arctic are some of the habitats briefly described, but without a table of contents or text headings, this title is not as useful as Sally Hewitt's All Kinds of Habitats (Children's Press, 1999). Strongly conservationist in tone, the narrative introduces important environmental terms, such as "niche," "food-chain," "adaptation," and "biodiversity," which are in bold in the text and simply defined in context. Definitely a book for an adult to share and discuss with a child or a small group, and the activities at the end will deepen the learning experience of this attractive additional purchase.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Kirkus Reviews
More a collection of loosely related definitions than an elucidation of habitats as the subtitle implies, this is nonetheless beautifully illustrated. Stunning watercolor quilts of different patterns dominate Powell's double-page compositions. A large center scene is surrounded by tiny blocks that each house lifelike depictions of the plants and animals that make up a habitat: forest, desert, ocean, rainforest, etc. A list of the flora and fauna on each page can be found on the publisher's website (not seen). Unfortunately, Miché's text does not match the level of the artwork. Beginning with a simile comparing nature to a patchwork quilt of different habitats, the author presents some of those habitats while introducing environmental vocabulary: interdependence, niche, food chain, adaptations, biodiversity, deforestation and domestication, among others. But the quilt metaphor quickly breaks down, becoming just a way to arrange the illustrations. Boldface words are sparsely explained within the text, and nothing is given in-depth coverage; readers and teachers may wish for a glossary with more detailed definitions. As is characteristic of the publisher, extensive backmatter includes activities and resources for further information and learning extensions, though they are aimed primarily at the adults who are sharing this title with children. One spread sure to spur further investigation presents the portraits of 22 environmentalists with tantalizing clues as to their areas of involvement. Skip the rudimentary introduction to the environment and purchase this solely for the artwork and extended learning. (Informational picture book. 4-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584691709
Publisher:
Dawn Publications
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
619,122
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 12 Years

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