________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 16 . . . . March 30, 2007

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Land Habitats. (Introducing Habitats).

Bobbie Kalman & John Crossingham.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2976-1 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2948-8 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Habitat (Ecology)-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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Water Habitats. (Introducing Habitats).

Molly Aloian & Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.           
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2977-8 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2949-5 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Aquatic habitats-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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Underground Habitats. (Introducing Habitats).

Molly Aloian & Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2982-2 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2954-9 (rlb.).

Subject Headings:
Underground ecology-Juvenile literature.
Burrowing animals-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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The Arctic Habitat. (Introducing Habitats).

Molly Aloian & Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2981-5 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2953-2 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Ecology-Arctic regions-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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The Antarctic Habitat. (Introducing Habitats).

Molly Aloian & Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2984-6 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2956-3 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Ecology-Antarctica-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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A Rainforest Habitat. (Introducing Habitats).

Molly Aloian & Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2986-0 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2958-7 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Rainforest ecology-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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A Desert Habitat. (Introducing Habitats).

Kelley MacAulay & Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2978-5 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2950-1 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Desert ecology-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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A Grassland Habitat. (Introducing Habitats).

Kelley MacAulay & Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2987-7 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2959-4 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Grassland ecology-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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Backyard Habitats. (Introducing Habitats).

Kelley MacAulay & Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2985-3 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2957-0 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Urban ecology-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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A Forest Habitat. (Introducing Habitats).

Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2979-2 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2951-8 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Forest ecology-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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A Wetland Habitat. (Introducing Habitats).

Molly Aloian & Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2983-9 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2955-6 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Wetland ecology-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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A Savanna Habitat. (Introducing Habitats).

Bobbie Kalman & Rebecca Sjonger.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.50 (pbk.), $20.76 (cl.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-2980-8 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-2952-5 (rlb.).

Subject Heading:
Savanna ecology-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

excerpt:

Forests are areas of land that are covered with trees. Some forests are rain forests. Rain forests are in parts of the world where a lot of rain falls. Rain helps plants grow. Many plants grow in rain forests. They grow close together. (From Land Habitats.)

 

Designed for very young readers, this series provides general information about a variety of natural habitats. Each book has 14 chapters and includes a table of contents, a simple glossary and an index. The text is large; sentences are short and clipped. All of the titles share some basic information: the definition of a habitat is identical; the difference between living and non-living things is described; and there is an explanation of what living things need in order to survive. Generally, the focus is on the types of plants and animals that can be found in each habitat. Few details are given, and each title ends quite abruptly with no summary of the concepts presented. Topics include the ways in which plants and animals adapt in order to survive in their environment, photosynthesis, simple food chains, the difference between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, and animal homes.

     The strength of the series is in its illustrations. There are abundant maps, drawings and fabulous colour photographs, many of them showing animals that are rarely seen in North America, not even in zoos. Some of the diagrams are repeated several times throughout the series (e.g. photosynthesis). Readers who view the entire series will also realize, by looking at the photographs, that some animals can live in a variety of habitats.

     Land Habitats is extremely basic whereas Water Habitats provides a little more detail, explaining the differences between saltwater and freshwater habitats, even including waterfalls and swamps.

     Underground Habitats shows readers a variety of subterranean dwellers both in warm and cold climates. Unusual animals, such as meerkats, jerboas and naked mole rats are featured.

     Arctic Habitats and An Antarctic Habitat highlight camouflage and other adaptations that help animals to survive in a harsh climate. The latter title includes a diagram of how phytoplankton makes food from sunlight and water.

     Herbivore, carnivore and omnivore are terms introduced in A Rainforest Habitat which features the Amazon rainforest, while different types of cacti are highlighted in A Desert Habitat which focuses primarily on the Sonoran Desert.

     Readers will be most familiar with the plants and animals found in A Grassland Habitat, for this title features the prairies of Canada and the United States.

     The title of A Backyard Habitat is, perhaps, a bit of a misnomer unless one lives on a farm or in “cottage country.” Photographs of bats, opossums, porcupines, foxes, hawks, owls, deer and turtles lead readers to believe that these animals are commonly found in backyards.

     A Forest Habitat describes seasonal changes in plants and the differences between coniferous and deciduous trees.

     The effects of weather on wetlands are explained in A Wetland Habitat while the effects of fires on African savannas are described in A Savanna Habitat. In this latter title, there are photographs of unusual animals such as the nyala, the eland and the quela, a rare treat for young readers.

     Though the series, with its very basic information, might suit its intended audience, it is quite pricey for the amount of information provided.

Recommended with reservations.

Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.

 

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