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Children's LiteratureKalman and Langille overload this book with information that, while interesting, may need more time and space than just one spread in order to be digested by the reader. The authors goal is to present an example of the life cycles of plants, arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, aquatic animals, birds, mammals, humans, fungi, protists, and monerans. They succeed in doing so, with some explanations more cursory than others, but the result is a book that is hard to read in one sitting. Teachers and adults would do well to use this book in discrete chapters according to the reader's interest, which is a much more child-friendly approach. The science is basically sound, with some oversimplification endemic to the Kalman books, but no gross inaccuracies like those contained in other titles. In terms of images, the book relies heavily on Barbara Bedell's illustrations, which are clear but unexciting. Some photographs of mating organisms are present, but none are shocking. A ewe giving birth is the most distressing image and it is a rather sanitized one at that. This book is part of the "La ciencia de los seres vivos" series. 2005, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 8 to 10.