Pass the Energy, Please!

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Each of nature's creatures "passes the energy" in its own unique way. In this upbeat rhyming story, the food chain connects herbivores, carnivores, insects and plants together in a fascinating circle of players. All beings on Earth - from the anchovy to the zooplankton - depend upon the green plant, which is the hero of the story. Barbara McKinney's special talent shines again for being able to present the science curriculum so consisely, creatively, and cleverly.

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Each of nature's creatures "passes the energy" in its own unique way. In this upbeat rhyming story, the food chain connects herbivores, carnivores, insects and plants together in a fascinating circle of players. All beings on Earth - from the anchovy to the zooplankton - depend upon the green plant, which is the hero of the story. Barbara McKinney's special talent shines again for being able to present the science curriculum so consisely, creatively, and cleverly.

Author Biography: Barbara Shaw McKinney is a teacher as well as a poet. From Manchester, Connecticut, McKinney draws on her experience as a mother, musician, and curriculum developer to promote quality education through workshops for teachers.

Author Biography: Chad Wallace is a young artist who created the oil paintings for Pass the Energy Please! at age twenty-four. He was raised and lives in Westchester County, New York, and has a cabin at Bear Mountain where he sometimes does art and always gets inspiration. He loves to hike and camp, and has worked as a youth activities director. Chad received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Rhyming text and illustrations present nature's food chains, from a simple seed to a top predator, demonstrating their natural links.

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Gr 1-5-McKinney presents the ecological food chain in a rhyming story. Couplets are frequently sketchy or vague. For example, in describing an owl, she writes, "Her wide yellow eyes, designed for the night,/get their glow from the reptile, captured in flight." Some rhymes are forced ("The vulture is known as a great opportunist/that preys on the fallen if finding it soonest") making the explanation of the links in the food chain even more confusing. Wallace's illustrations done in oil paints are large and colorful, showing fine details of birds, mammals, insects, and plants in their natural surroundings. There is no glossary to explain words such as "phytoplankton" and "zooplankton" and the rhymes that constitute the table of contents sacrifice understanding ("Link Number One-Born in the Sun").
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613653121
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 32

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