Looking at Animals in Trees highlights terrestrial and avian creatures that spend most of their time in trees. Striking photography accompanies an informative narrative that describes adaptations each animal possesses in order to thrive in the unique niche of forest canopies. The book includes a world map keyed to each animal's geographic range. An index of terms, such as "pouch" and "camouflage," is included as well.
One dozen animals make up the content of the book, and many of their links in regional food chains are described. A one-to-two-paragraph profile on each animal mentions facts that are sure to pique the curiosity of readers aged 6 to 12, such as the following description of marmosets: "They use their sharp teeth to gnaw holes in trees, so sap drips out for them to drink." The only fault of the book might be that more forest tree-dwelling creatures would be well represented in it. But given the youthful audience, a dozen animals and 32 pages are an ideal breadth of coverage.
This volume's rich content, served up in bite-sized chunks, and striking action shots of animals at work and play make the book an ideal bedtime reader or bookshelf reference for children from grades 1 to 6. (from the Looking at Series.) Highly Recommended, Grades 1-6. REVIEWER: Jeffrey Weld