Children's Literature - Joan CarrisOoh, this is a really good book! Did you ever wonder why snails evolved coiled shells, as opposed to long, spike-like houses that stick straight out? The answer-home preservation, strength, and ease of transport-is fun to learn, along with answers to dozens of other intriguing questions. Interesting text accompanies terrific photographs of shells and their live-in critters, including sea urchins, eggshells, crab and lobster shells, turtle shells, and the eventual transformation of some shells into huge chalk cliffs. With its excellent glossary, index of scientific names, plus a list of books and web sites, this well-written text belongs in all schools and libraries-and I need one, too! Part of the "Exploring the Science of Nature" series.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-6-Introductory titles that explore the natural world. In two-page chapters, these books provide basic information on fossils and shells and identify the different types of natural waste produced in the world. Of the three, Waste offers the most new information. Its discussions of how leaf litter, dead wood, and animal castoffs are used in nature will interest children. Each book includes suggested activities and a short list of common and scientific names for plant and animal species. Full-color, attractive photographs and drawings are found throughout the volumes. Consider Fossils and Shells additional since other titles on these subjects are more comprehensive. Waste, however, does offer a different perspective on recycling.-Marion F. Gallivan, Gannon University, Erie, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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