The Temperate Forest: A Web of Life

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Somewhere in the temperate forest, a rabbit munches on some grass. An oak tree extends its branches to soak up the sun. A red fox pounces on an unsuspecting squirrel. These are all examples of a biome at work: members of the community interacting with one another. The temperate forest biome is extremely diverse, with an amazing array of plants and animals. Come take a walk in the woods, and see how every living thing plays a part in the web of life of the temperate forest biome....
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Overview

Somewhere in the temperate forest, a rabbit munches on some grass. An oak tree extends its branches to soak up the sun. A red fox pounces on an unsuspecting squirrel. These are all examples of a biome at work: members of the community interacting with one another. The temperate forest biome is extremely diverse, with an amazing array of plants and animals. Come take a walk in the woods, and see how every living thing plays a part in the web of life of the temperate forest biome.
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Children's Literature
Dr. Roger Powell, biologist from North Carolina State University, is unflappable. He has to be, since he studies black bears, foremost citizens of a temperate forest biome. Johansson introduces a fine overview of just what a temperate forest is. While Powell and Earthwatch volunteers trap, tranquilize, collar and release the bear, the young reader realizes this is just the beginning. The writer defines biome: a region where certain plants and animals survive because they are well-suited to the climate—temperature, rainfall and wind conditions. Temperate forests have four distinct and evenly timed seasons, the soil is rich with rotted debris and a top layer of rotted leaves, the rainfall is between thirty and sixty inches, and the growing season is about nine months long. The writer describes the community of animals, plants and insects that make up the food web, as well as their canopy, understory, or underground, habitats, plus how they survive winters. This is a well-researched, readable book with enough overlap, repetition and capsulation of facts for painless learning. The illustration is remarkable, combining color photographs, line drawings and colorful margins. Lists of animal facts, a glossary, bibliography, internet addresses plus a complete index rounds out a fine book for young readers or researchers. 2004, Enslow Publishers Inc, Ages 8 to 12.
—Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Johansson draws readers into a discussion of each biome by introducing a scientist who works in that particular area. The rest of each book focuses on the relationships among the plants and animals found in the environment. Diagrams further clarify the concepts of food web and energy flow as they exist in the area under discussion. Well-placed photographs relate to the text without fragmenting the presentation. The lists of additional resources will aid young researchers. Although report writers will be the titles' primary audience, the presentations are interesting enough to hold the attention of those exploring the topics out of personal interest.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766033313
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: A World of Biomes Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Forest for Bears 5
Chapter 2 The Temperate Forest Biome 13
Chapter 3 Forest Communities 19
Chapter 4 Temperate Forest Plants 25
Chapter 5 Temperate Forest Animals 34
Words to Know 45
Learn More (Books and Internet Addresses) 47
Index 48
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