What Can Live in the Mountains?


How do animals like bighorn sheep, yaks, and snow leopards survive in the mountains Discover their adaptations and see!

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How do animals like bighorn sheep, yaks, and snow leopards survive in the mountains Discover their adaptations and see!

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Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Mountain goats, eagles, deer, pika, yaks, and snow leopards are a few of the animals featured in this "First Step Non-Fiction" book from the "Animal Adaptations" series. The few short sentences per page contain many one-syllable words to allow for early reading success. The text closely matches the fantastic photos that pull the reader right into the mountain setting. In addition to telling about animals, text also informs the reader about the habitats and adaptations that help animals live in the mountains, such as the pika's long teeth, the yak's long fur, the eagle's sharp talons, and the split hooves of Bighorn Sheep. End material consists of a labeled diagram of a mountain goat, more information about adaptations, two pages of fun facts, a photo glossary, and index. This book will help early readers have a good experience with nonfiction. A few other books in the "Animal Adaptations" series cover animals in the desert and animals in the ocean. Add this one to any classroom for supplementary material for science lessons. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    Part of a series you may wish to consider for your classroom

    A habitat is where plants and animals live. If you look through the mountainous areas in the pages of this book, you will see many animals who live there. A small mountain goat can be seen adeptly scampering up the side of a rocky, mountainous ledge by using the rough pads on the bottom of his feet. The pads on his feet are an adaptation that allows him to climb jagged peaks that many animals cannot manage. Many birds and animals such as the deer also have adaptations that help them to survive in the mountains. The Pika will use his long teeth to nibble at and "bite off plants" so they can "save them to eat during the winter." The golden eagle has very sharp talons so he can easily swoop down and catch his meal. You can easily see that the shaggy "yaks grow thick fur coats" that will "keep them warm in the winter." There are several other mountain animals that have adapted. Among the ones you meet in this book will be the snow leopard, big horn sheep, and the mountain lion. This is an excellent overview of how mountainous animals have adapted in order to live in their environment. The young, emergent reader will be able to take a look at a vibrant photograph on each page and read a simple sentence. More difficult words are highlighted in bold throughout the text and explained in the glossary. For example in the sentence "Golden eagles have sharp talons," the word "talons" is highlighted. In the back of the book is a paragraph that discusses the adaptations mountain goats have made. Additionally, there is an index, a glossary, and some "Fun Facts." Quill says: This is one is a series of six books in the "Animal Adaptations" series, a series you may wish to consider to introduce your young students to interesting nonfiction topics.

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