by Christine Petersen

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Children's Literature
The biodiversity of life on earth is one of the most amazing elements of our world. Among the many living creatures that exist some of the more familiar fall into the broad category of vertebrates. Among the vertebrates are amphibians, birds, reptiles, fish, and mammals. Each of these kingdoms includes an array of divergent life forms that make up a significant portion of the web of life on our planet. While all vertebrates share the common characteristics of a spine and skeleton of some sort, their individual permutations on this physical theme are awe inspiring. In this thoughtful book, author Christine Petersen provides readers with an introduction to the major animal groupings amongst the vertebrates. Petersen traces some of the more striking characteristics of members of each of the five vertebrate kingdoms. The author highlights essential commonalities and differences among fish, reptiles, and other members of the discrete vertebrate domains. The author includes enough scientific information to make this a valuable research text while also telling the story of animal life in an entertaining manner. This is an excellent illustrated work and one that animal lovers will find informative. 2002, Scholastic, Romaneck
Are patrons curious about crustaceans? Fascinated by flatworms? Whether one is wild about whales or simply in awe of evolution, these books from the "Life and Environmental Science" series are the answer. Providing a surprisingly in-depth look at the two main branches of the animal kingdom, these slender volumes start at the beginning of life from an evolutionary standpoint. Vertebrates is full of intriguing facts about the backbone-possessing giants of the animal kingdom, starting off by clearly explaining how early life began in the murky, watery depths and then slowly but surely began to pull itself out on stubby little flippers to become the furred and feathered creatures that are known and loved today. Invertebrates details life of a generally smaller variety, although what is lacking in size is certainly made up for in number-some 95 percent of all the animal species currently living on earth are invertebrates. The chapter headings make it easy to find the type of animal sought, and although there are pictures to accompany the text, there are far too few of them and none are in color, which would have rendered the books absolutely spectacular. Fortunately, the text is well written, clear, and concise, with enough weird and icky detail to draw in even a reluctant reader. Except for the odd bio-phile, however, these books are not items that will fly off the bookshelf but will patiently wait for the report writer, the presentation giver, or the extra credit seeker to discover the wealth of information contained within. Glossary. Index. Photos. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School,defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002, Franklin Watts, 128p,
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Scholastic Library Publishing
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Single Title - Science Series
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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