Temperate Forest: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in North America

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Welcome to a North American temperate forest! As you walk along a shady trail, the forest seems cool and quiet. But it is full of life, from a butterfly flitting over a flower to a gray wolf prowling through the underbrush. Day and night in the forest, the hunt is on to find food—and to avoid becoming someone else's next meal. All the living things are connected to one another in a food chain, from animal to animal, animals to plants, plants to insects, and insects to animals. What path will you take to follow ...

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Overview

Welcome to a North American temperate forest! As you walk along a shady trail, the forest seems cool and quiet. But it is full of life, from a butterfly flitting over a flower to a gray wolf prowling through the underbrush. Day and night in the forest, the hunt is on to find food—and to avoid becoming someone else's next meal. All the living things are connected to one another in a food chain, from animal to animal, animals to plants, plants to insects, and insects to animals. What path will you take to follow the food chain through the forest? Will you … Trail a black bear and her cubs? Dive down into a dark river with a beaver? Hunt from a high perch with a great horned owl? Follow all three chains and many more on this who-eats-what adventure!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis J. Perry
Temperate forest habitats and the species they contain are introduced to middle grade readers through words and pictures in this book, a part of the "Who-Eats-What Adventure in North America" series. A food chain is described as the connection of living things in the forest which feed on and transfer energy to one another. A color/shape key identifies creatures as producers (plants), decomposers (insects and bacteria), or as primary (plant eaters), tertiary (predator), or secondary (predator) consumers. Among the tertiary consumers are the American black bear, gray wolf, great horned owl, Canada lynx, and bald eagle. Interesting facts are given about each of these predators, along with a listing of selected things they might consume. By making a selection from among the predators and then turning to the suggested continuation pages, the reader will follow the food chain. If for example the reader begins with the bear and the bear eats a pike, the reader will be directed to the section about northern pikes for more facts and to learn possibilities of what the pike eats. If the pike eats a bullfrog, the reader follows the food chain to learn what the bullfrog eats. If the bullfrog ate a cloud of insects, the food chain is followed to primary consumers who live off the plants and trees in the woods. This inter-active arrangement increases interest and allows the reader to use the book to pursue several story lines by varying the choice of consumers, decomposers, and producers. This is one title in the "Follow that Food Chain" nonfiction series for grades 3-6. Other books in the series include A Coral Reef, The Sonoran Desert, and the African Savanna. Reviewer: Phyllis J.Perry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822574965
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Follow That Food Chain Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Hogue Wojahn is an elementary school library media specialist. She holds degrees in elementary education and library science. Her publications include Thanks a Million, Dr. Kate and Evan Early. She has also contributed to Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), the Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, Highlights for Children, Cobblestone, Appleseeds, Faces, the School Library Journal, Book Links, and Library Sparks. Donald Wojahn is a middle school library media specialist, who has also taught middle school reading, language arts, social studies, and math. He has degrees in elementary education and education technology.

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