Children's Literature - Amy S. HansenIn a new exciting series called "Introducing Habitats," Kalman and various writing colleagues take on some complicated issues by describing plants and animals that live in various habitats, why they live there, what is special about the place, and of course, what a habitat is. "A habitat is a place in nature," we are told after an introduction to water. Unlike the other books in this series, the authors never go back and make the broad-stroke connection, saying animals find what they need in their habitats. This time, the connection comes through specific animals and how they survive in the water. Using stunning photos for illustrations, Kalman and Aloian move into oceans, tide pools, lakes, ponds, rivers, and swamps. They examine the plants and animals that live there and the kinds of special adaptations used in the water. Each page has fewer than forty words of text. The text refers to the pictures used so no captions are necessary. With the clear writing and wonderful pictures, this book will serve the young, informational reader well. Back matter includes a short glossary and an index.
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