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Temperate Grasslands

Temperate Grasslands

by Ben Hoare

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Untouched temperate grasslands can be hard to find, since the fertile soil is often converted to farmland. Find out about the life that's found here.


Untouched temperate grasslands can be hard to find, since the fertile soil is often converted to farmland. Find out about the life that's found here.

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Children's Literature
Wow—understandable ecology. In this entry in the "Biomes Atlas" series, Hoare attempts to create the big picture in manageable bites. And for the reader who is willing to absorb all the pieces, he succeeds. For those wishing to sample bits and pieces, the many pullouts and beautiful pictures will tantalize and intrigue. For example, we learn how climate and landscape determines plant life, which in turn determines other wildlife. For the North American prairie, that means a temperate climate and a wide-open space. And the reigning plants are grasses. "Grasses are the ideal shape for highly exposed places like plains and hillsides. Instead of broad leaves they have thin, flattened blades clustered around tall stems. Blades of grass are flexible and bend in the wind without breaking off." The book examines several examples of temperate grasslands, including the North American prairies, Asian steppes, and Australian rangeland. The chapters address plant and animal life as well as human interaction. As with the other books in this series, the last chapter is The Future, and discusses how human activity could or should change to protect the biome in question. End material includes a glossary, further research, and an index. 2003, Raintree/Steck-Vaughn Company, Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Fine introductions to various biomes. Especially effective are the maps. Brief notes for 10 to 12 highlights appear on each one, commenting on the diversity of flora, fauna, and landforms that occurs. Longer overviews of climate, plants, animals, people, and future prospects for the biome alternate with the regional close-ups. Excellent-quality, full-color photographs and related sidebars break up the texts. Edward R. Ricciuti's Chaparral (Benchmark, 1996) covers many of the same topics as Shrublands. Many books about grasslands cover both tropical and temperate varieties; however, Hoare offers a more in-depth examination by focusing on the temperate grassland. Even libraries that have other books about these topics will want to consider adding these for both report writers and general readers.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Raintree Publishers
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Biomes Atlases Series
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8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
1120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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