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- Defining Forests
- Focus on Key Species
- A Cycle of Life
- The Old-Growth Forest
- The Human Touch
- Chart of Species
A noteworthy review of Our Living World from Booklist on September 1, 2007
Booklist Twenty Best Bets for Student Researchers, 2007. Finding good reference sources for younger learners is always a challenge. In this set, seven volumes examine the biomes. Following a solid definition of the pertinent ecosystem, eight chapters of readable text describe the indigenous animals and plants. All entries contain vibrant color photographs and maps, colored sidebars, and a variety of boxed supplemental reference features. A visual and informational feast.
A noteworthy review of Our Living World from Booklist on September 1, 2006
Each volume is truly a visual and informational feast for the intermediate-grades researcher. Following a solid definition of the pertinent ecosystem, eight chapters of readable text describe the indigenous animals and plants. Chapters include discussions on the key species, predators, prey, flora, herbivores, and life cycle. One chapter is also devoted to a prominent example of the particular ecosystem, such as the Okefenokee Swamp and the Sahara Desert. Most noteworthy, a chapter entitled ‘The Human Touch’ explores the positive—and the negative—effect man has on each habitat. All entries contain vibrant color photographs and maps, colored sidebars, and a variety of boxed supplemental reference features. ‘Words to Know’ defines new vocabulary and provides pronunciation keys; ‘Would You Believe’ notes interesting facts; ‘Look It Up!’ and ‘Do It!’ direct the users to Web sites. The latter also suggests easy-to-do scientific activities. ‘Read It!’ refers the user (or teacher) to additional sources, which a random search found to be available for purchase or through interlibrary loan. ‘Watch It!’ is the video counterpart. ‘Profile’ highlights a special topic, for instance, such as El Nino, saker falcons, and yaks. A species chart (cross-referenced with the text) and cumulative index complete each volume. Finding good reference sources for younger learners is always a challenge. This set provides a solid, basic overview of its subject matter, and the many extra features make it a wise investment for schools and public libraries alike.
A noteworthy review of Our Living World from School Library Journal on August 1, 2006
Concern for the environment combined with excellent description. The first two chapters in each volume define a particular biome and its key species. The next five discuss predators, prey, flora, herbivores, and life cycle. The sixth chapter features a prime example of that type of environment such as the Sahara in Deserts and old growth forest in Forests, while the last chapter deals with human factors in each of the systems. The vocabulary is well suited to the audience and the text is well laid out. Side boxes include definitions, interesting facts, in-depth articles on related topics, listings of Web sites, videos, and further reading. The color photography is excellent. The photo captions generally repeat information found in the text. The maps, though accurate and appropriate, are small-usually less than one-quarter page. Each volume concludes with a chart of the biome’s species and an index.
Author: Barbara A. Somervill
Barbara A. Somervill is the author of many books for children. She also writes video scripts and textbooks. She loves learning and sees every writing project as a chance to learn new information or gain a new understanding. Somervill grew up in New York State, but she has also lived in Toronto, Canada; Canberra, Australia; California; and South Carolina. She is a graduate of Saint Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and currently lives with her husband in Simpsonville, South Carolina.