On the Tundra (Small Worlds Series)

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Straddling the Arctic Circle is a vast and trackless land where temperatures rise above freezing barely eight weeks a year. It is called the Tundra, and this volume of the Small Worlds series, explores the wonderful array of living things to be found there, like polar bears who survive the —40º winters by hibernating and snowy owls who manage to find game in spite of the cold and near darkness. The tour is intelligently organized, nicely illustrated, and clearly documented. So many plants, animals, and insects are mentioned that descriptions are necessarily brief. Even so, there is plenty here to inspire young readers to discover more about muskoxen, wolverines, lynx, lemmings, arctic foxes, and all the other fascinating and beautiful creatures inhabiting this inhospitable place. 2002, Crabtree Publishing Company,
— Michael Chabin <%ISBN%>0778701530
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-These useful resources cover the ecological habitat of animals and plants, their interaction, and survival in their respective habitats throughout the year. The need for the well-being of the ecological system is stressed. Students are encouraged to explore tide pools or to visit an aquarium as an extension to learning more about coral reefs, and to observe birds that might be flying north to the tundra. These suggestions seem a stretch and nonessential. Clearly captioned color photographs and illustrations show the variety of life in these environments, and sidebars labeled "Fantastic Facts" give additional information. Other excellent titles include Michael George's Coral Reef (1992; o.p.) and Tundra (1994; o.p., both Creative Education) and titles in the "Amazing Journeys" series (Heinemann Library).-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778701392
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Small Worlds Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1st Edition, Illustrated
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Tundra around the world 4
Life on the tundra 6
Plants and insects 8
Year-round residents 16
Summer visitors 24
The tundra on your doorstep 30
Words to know 32
Index 32
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