Plants: Flowering Plants, Ferns, Mosses, and Other Plants

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A CLASS OF THEIR OWN provides a close-up look at six major classifications of living organisms based on the most up-to-date scientific data. Using clear, detailed descriptions and stunning photographs and illustrations, each volume examines a specific kingdom or domain, the fascinating distinctions among its various members, and the ways in which each group's life-forms interact with members of other groups, including humans.

The Plant kingdom contains more than 250,000 species....

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Overview

A CLASS OF THEIR OWN provides a close-up look at six major classifications of living organisms based on the most up-to-date scientific data. Using clear, detailed descriptions and stunning photographs and illustrations, each volume examines a specific kingdom or domain, the fascinating distinctions among its various members, and the ways in which each group's life-forms interact with members of other groups, including humans.

The Plant kingdom contains more than 250,000 species. This colorful book describes the main groups of plants, including mosses, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants. Special sections highlight the role of plant in the environment-as producers in the food chain and producers of the world's oxygen-and their important contributions to climate and the water cycle.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the series called "A Class of Their Own," this photo-rich book addresses the biology of plants in general and then gets into specifics. Well organized and easily understood by middle-grade readers, the book explains the life cycles and reproductive strategies of different kinds of plants, such as non-seed-bearing plants (mosses and liverworts), ferns, gymnosperms (conifers), and angiosperms (flowering plants). For angiosperm, the authors write, "Flowers are the plant's way of advertising that lovely pollen and nectar are to be found within. It is their purpose to attract animals that can carry pollen from one plant to another. Certain flowers are so closely tied to the insects that pollinate them that if the insects die out, so do the flowers." Although there is a section and several sidebars describing the ways that humans and plants interact, this book is mostly about the plants' role in the food chain and the environment. The brilliant photos and illustrations keep the eyes moving across the page. Although the series title is confusing because the term class is also used when grouping species correctly, it is an excellent book. Backmatter includes a glossary, list of more information, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the series called "A Class of Their Own," this photo-rich book addresses the biology of plants in general and then gets into specifics. Well organized and easily understood by middle-grade readers, the book explains the life cycles and reproductive strategies of different kinds of plants, such as non-seed-bearing plants (mosses and liverworts), ferns, gymnosperms (conifers), and angiosperms (flowering plants). For angiosperm, the authors write, "Flowers are the plant's way of advertising that lovely pollen and nectar are to be found within. It is their purpose to attract animals that can carry pollen from one plant to another. Certain flowers are so closely tied to the insects that pollinate them that if the insects die out, so do the flowers." Although there is a section and several sidebars describing the ways that humans and plants interact, this book is mostly about the plants' role in the food chain and the environment. The brilliant photos and illustrations keep the eyes moving across the page. Although the series title is confusing because the term class is also used when grouping species correctly, it is an excellent book. Backmatter includes a glossary, list of more information, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778753902
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Class of Their Own Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 672,790
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Intorduction: What Are Plants? 4

Chapter 1 The Biology of Plants 10

Chapter 2 Non-Seed Plants-Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts 18

Chapter 3 Ferns and Their Relatives-Seedless Vascular Plants 22

Chapter 4 Gymnosperms-Conifers, Cycads, and Ginkgoes 26

Chapter 5 Angiosperms-Flowering Plants 31

Chapter 6 Buttercups, Roses, and Other Dicots 36

Chapter 7 Lilies, Orchids, and Other Monocots 40

Glossary 44

Further Information 46

Index 47

About the Author 48

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    Highly Recomended

    A very detailed nonfiction book about different plants and their qualities.

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