Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains

by Wayne Lynch
     
 

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First two titles in a new hard/soft series for readers 8-12 about ecosystems in North America. First-person narrative from the author/photographer provides plenty of exciting, true-life anecdotes about his experiences in the wild. Titles focus on interdependency of animals and plants, and how the environment is uniquely suited to different species. Also included is

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First two titles in a new hard/soft series for readers 8-12 about ecosystems in North America. First-person narrative from the author/photographer provides plenty of exciting, true-life anecdotes about his experiences in the wild. Titles focus on interdependency of animals and plants, and how the environment is uniquely suited to different species. Also included is fascinating information on landforms and their ancient development through glaciers, volcanoes, etc. Stellar photography and easy-to-navigate layout make this series perfect for research or entertainment.

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Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Author and wildlife photographer Dr. Wayne Lynch presents a fascinating and entertaining view of animal, plant, and wildlife in this book. The six information-packed chapters each begin with an anecdotal story by Dr. Lynch about one of his amazing "near misses" with danger in the Rocky Mountains. Each of these stories is informative and quite entertaining. His paragraph at the beginning of Chapter Two "How's The Weather" describes an "interesting way to exercise," as he details chasing after a mountain lion up and down the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Grade 3-6 level readers will enjoy these chapters and subchapters with clever headings, including "A Mountain Is Born" and "Alpine Boneheads." Dr. Lynch has an interesting writing style that captivates the reader and teaches important scientific and ecological information painlessly. The full-color photographs are breathtakingly beautiful and fill every page. There are "eco-facts" with photos and unusual scientific facts, such as why wolves howl and how old the oldest living raven is (the answer: 69 years!). There are also "eco-alerts" to educate young readers about the effects of global warming, forest fires, and the infringement of man on open spaces. The page designs are colorful and fact-filled without being overwhelming to a budding environmentalist. With paragraphs stating, "The red squirrel is a mountain bigmouth," students will eagerly read on to find out why. Readers will have questions about the different types of plant and animal life depicted, presenting many opportunities for classroom discussions. Dr. Lynch also provides a reflection on wildlife and his hope for the world's future in the back matter. The "Rocky MountainWeb Sites" chapter contains information about various national parks in Canada and the United States, as well as conservation and refuge organizations. The "Index" is quite comprehensive. This book is part of the "Our Wild World Ecosystems" series and is a fine addition to a science library.
School Library Journal

Gr 6–9
Combining personal incidents with expository writing and magnificent full-color photographs, Lynch introduces two ecosystems. In the first book, he describes an encounter with a prairie rattler inches away from his hand and, in the second, he is nearly charged by an elk. However, the real focus of the books is to show the interconnectedness of climate, soil, plants, and animals, and the intricate adaptations of living things to their surroundings. The books are divided into sections that describe specific environments, such as grasslands, wetlands, and badlands in Grasslands and alpine tundra and montane meadows and forests in Mountains . Each book is further subdivided by representative species, giving fascinating facts about the adaptations of specific plants and animals. The author explains the important role of wetlands and forest corridors to the survival of the wildlife of the prairie, and the role of avalanches in making way for nutritious plants for wildlife such as grasses, berry bushes, and alders. "ECO-Facts," "ECO-Alerts," and historical notes about humans in the environment appear throughout. Excellent selections.
—Judith V. LechnerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559719490
Publisher:
Cooper Square Publishing Llc
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
Our Wild World Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.11(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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