Redwoods, Hemlocks & Other Cone-Bearing Plants

Redwoods, Hemlocks & Other Cone-Bearing Plants

by Steve Parker
     
 

This book introduces you to an interesting group of plants, from the mighty redwoods to the sharp-needled spruces. It examines the various types of conifers, their reproductive methods, and how they get their energy. It also looks at the ecological importance of these woody plants and how they are used in industry. Did You Know?
• The tallest living thing on… See more details below

Overview

This book introduces you to an interesting group of plants, from the mighty redwoods to the sharp-needled spruces. It examines the various types of conifers, their reproductive methods, and how they get their energy. It also looks at the ecological importance of these woody plants and how they are used in industry. Did You Know?
• The tallest living thing on Earth is a coast redwood, measuring a height of about 380 feet (115 meters).
• Most conifers keep their leaves throughout the year.
• The cones of some pine trees can reach 5 feet (1.5 m) long.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Conifer trees are found in a variety of habitats, especially in extreme conditions—where it is very cold, very dry, or swampy. They provide shelter, food, and homes to many animals, and they are used for making furniture, houses and paper. Eighteen chapters, each a double-page spread, present information about conifers using colorful photographs and concise text. Conifers reproduce through producing cones that contain their seeds. Clearly labeled diagrams illustrate how conifers grow and show the inside elements of a conifer needle. Individual chapters describe conifers of the far north, of the coasts and uplands, of hot and dry lands, of the south and in conifer swamps. Smaller plants related to the conifers are ginkgos, gnetums, and cycads. Many conifers are record breakers for height and size, such as those found in Redwood National Park in California and the Sitka spruce in Alaska. Large conifer farms produce many of the products used in everyday living. This book contains charts showing the Classification of Life and Groups of Conifers. It also includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. It is a good introductory resource for middle grade students. Part of the "Kingdom Classification" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9–This series gives an overview of a few of the main classifications of living things. Packed with text, photos, micrographs, and insets, these titles will compel readers to look closely. The main text meanders through the loaded pages providing background information, while visuals with italicized captions provide examples and detail. Scientific terms are often defined in the text and used again in later pages. Each spread focuses on a single aspect of the life-form and either moves through the life cycle or presents variations of the classification. Final spreads examine beneficial and harmful varieties. The books close with an overview of scientific classification with a specific example. With its compelling facts and visuals, this is a quality choice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756542214
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
First Biographies - Scientists and Inventors Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,375,148
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
IG1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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