Predators (Insiders Series)by John Seidensticker, Susan Lumpkin
Track Down Predators
INsiders brings predators to life, with the most up-to-date information and state-of-the-art 3-D illustrations that practically leap off every page, stimulating minds and imaginations in a whole new way.
Gr 4-8- The pages of these striking volumes offer bits and pieces of information rather than running textual paragraphs. The language is straightforward and easy to understand, but the use of clever heads and subheads throughout may be lost on or misconstrued by many readers. For instance, beside a micrograph depicting mitosis, the heading is "Divide and conquer"; near a brief explanation of blocked arteries is the subhead, "Broken hearted." In Predators , a brief discussion of the pitcher plant is titled, "False promise pitfall," and "River of no return" is the heading for a caption of one of the Amazon River's tributaries. Not intended to be textbooks, these vividly illustrated titles are supplemental materials through which students can be introduced to terms and concepts. On the pages that depict, for instance, the bionic body, a cornea transplant is described in this way: "This is when a damaged cornea is replaced with one from another human." The format and style of the books are outstanding. For reproduction, both male and female organs are presented as entities unto themselves. "Life begins" depicts the progressive formation of a human embryo in a clear and sensitive way. Given the craftsmanship in design and illustration, plus the controlled presentation of information, these titles are worthwhile choices for most collections.-Sheila Fiscus, Our Lady of Peace School, Erie, PA
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