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The Young Oxford Book of Ecology

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This volume takes readers on a journey through the earth's habitats and ecosystems. It explains how plants and animals are designed to survive, how they rely on the natural resources around them, and shows how they all, ultimately, depend on one another.
The book is divided into three broad sections. In Life-styles, we look at animals and plants--grazers and hunters, predators, migrating animals, parasites, and creatures who live in very cold or very hot climates. In Life on ...
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Overview


This volume takes readers on a journey through the earth's habitats and ecosystems. It explains how plants and animals are designed to survive, how they rely on the natural resources around them, and shows how they all, ultimately, depend on one another.
The book is divided into three broad sections. In Life-styles, we look at animals and plants--grazers and hunters, predators, migrating animals, parasites, and creatures who live in very cold or very hot climates. In Life on Earth, various regions of the world are explored--mountains and valleys, prairies and grasslands, the hot desert, and life in and under the sea. And in Threats to Life, we focus on "the ark under threat." But author Michael Scott shows how we can learn from extinction and pollution and change our ways to leave the planet fit for the future.
An index and glossary make The Young Oxford Book of Ecology an excellent reference tool, and the color photographs and drawings throughout are superb.
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"A detailed, well-organized text discusses the interactions among various life forms and their specific habitats. In three sections, the book covers plant and animal survival strategies, the different ecosystems on earth, and the problems of pollution and conservation."--The Horn Book Guide

"A broad overview of life forms on our planet and the forces that threaten their survival.... Excellent quality, full-color, captioned photographs and diagrams complement the text, adding information and reinforcing the theories presented.... The upbeat language and attractive format will encourage browsing. A comprehensive and well-rounded volume."--School Library Journal

"Expect heavy use for these well-written, attractive books in the Young Oxford series.... Well worth the price."--Booklist

"A tremendous step in the direction of understanding ecology and how the human system fits into ecosystems... Written in simple language and beautifully illustrated with colorful photographs and diagrams, this is an indispensable book for anyone aged 10 through adult."--Cite AB

"Accessible and very practical... The text is accurate and concise, includes much valuable information, and invites further reading. The photographs are outstanding and are accompanied by clear explanations.... Buy one for reference and one to circulate."--VOYA

"Although the concepts are sophisticated, the language is relatively basic and accessible. This book covers all major aspects of ecology, including how plants and animals are designed to survive, how both rely on natural resources around them, and how plants and animals are interdependent... In addition to the informative text, the book is loaded with photographs, diagrams, and maps."--Science Scope (NSTA)

"Explains food webs, migration, and the formation and interaction of ecological systems around the world.... An exceptionally brilliant, detailed, yet clear explanation."--Children's Bookwatch

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
How can there be water and soil enough for grasses to grow where trees and flowers won't? How do birds know the way to places they fly to every winter and summer? How do animals participate in recycling? These and other questions are tackled in this volume that deals with the world around us. Readers are invited to take a closer look at the animals, plants, and insects in their world. Written in simple language, it is offered to the young reader as an instrument for learning how we all must learn to live together if our earth is to survive. The elementary child will enjoy the pictures and will be able to use short passages for research. The middle school child will find entries that will supplement their research. This would be an excellent classroom addition to the science curriculum. 1998 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195214284
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/26/1998
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Scott

Michael Scott began his first book on animal life at the age of 8. He has worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature, and shares his enthusiasm for the natural world through his writing, lecturing, photography, and study tours.

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