Gr 2-5-Lush color photographs grace every page of these books. The clear, easy-to-read texts have a bold header on every two-page spread to aid readability and a box containing a "Puzzler" (a question with the answer in inverted letters below) or an "Activity" (an experiment or research idea). In the first book, Bocknek introduces different kinds of plants, their life cycles, habitats, and products that come from them. It is a good complement to Gail Gibbons's From Seed to Plant (Holiday, 1991). In the second title, the author describes the different types of soil, animals that live in them, and nutrients they contain. It is similar in reading level but more detailed than Karen Bryant-Mole's Soil (RSVP, 1996). Parker briefly covers types of insects, their life cycles, and their habitats. Bright, appealing overviews.-Marilyn Long Graham, Lee County Library System, Estero, FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.