This book by Ann Fullick is appropriate for children in grades 4-7. The information presented is accurate and covers a wide variety of topics and concepts, from habitats and food chains to human populations. The volume contains numerous pictures, diagrams, and graphs. Each section includes a "Science Essentials" box in purple that defines key terms. Explanations accompany each graphic in pink-shaded boxes for ease of identification.
Although the book offers considerable environmentally related facts, they are often incomplete and oversimplified. The author appears to sacrifice complete explanations in order to pack in as much information on each page as possible. At times, the facts contained in a paragraph are confusing because they do not relate well to each other or link to a student's real world. Sometimes, pictures do not relate directly to the explanations in the text on the page. Larger white space in the margins would help students read the material more easily. The author suggests that the only solution to environmental destruction is to reduce the growth of the human population. The book does not mention the issues of waste and prodigious energy use by developed countries.
This book would be helpful as a basic resource in classroom libraries and as a brief introduction to environmental topics. It provides basic environmental information in a fairly organized manner. The book would be more engaging for children if it asked probing questions to promote critical thinking among students. (from the Science Topics Series.) Acceptable, Grades 3-6. REVIEWER: Dorothy A. Tonnis (University of St. Thomas)