________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 22 . . . . June 27, 2008

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Polar Animals. (Who Lives Here?).

Deborah Hodge. Illustrated by Pat Stephens.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2008.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $5.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-55453-044-1 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55453-043-4 (hc.).

Subject Heading:
Animals-Polar regions-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 4-7.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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Rain Forest Animals. (Who Lives Here?).

Deborah Hodge. Illustrated by Pat Stephens.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2008.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $5.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-55453-042-7 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55453-041-0 (hc.).

Subject Heading:
Rain forest animals-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 4-7.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

excerpt:

The gorilla lives on the ground, deep inside the rain forest. Gorillas are too big to have their homes up in the trees. A gorilla travels in a family group made up of mothers, babies, young gorillas and a male leader. They eat, sleep and play together. (From Rain Forest Animals.)

 

This pair of titles is part of a four-volume series designed to introduce young children to some of the animals that dwell in different habitats around the world. (The other titles cover wetlands and the desert.) Following a brief description of the featured habitat, double-page spreads are devoted to each of nine animals. General information is presented along with a large illustration of the animal in its surroundings. On the right hand page are three smaller illustrations and specific facts related to the animal's physical or behavioural adaptations necessary for survival. For example, the arctic fox's featured adaptations are its tail, which it uses like a scarf to keep warm, thick fur on the top and bottom of its paws, and seasonal colour change. A table of contents and a brief note to parents and teachers are included.

     Polar Animals covers mammals and birds (the emperor penguin, arctic fox, seal, snowy owl, musk ox, beluga whale, polar bear, walrus and caribou) while Rain Forest Animals features a slightly more balanced representation of the animal groups (the orangutan, toucan, howler monkey, tapir, emerald tree boa, jaguar, gorilla, sloth and the red-eyed tree frog).

     The text is printed in a very simple font, and there is only a sentence or two describing each of the adaptations. Illustrations are quite detailed and realistic.

     Though the books are a good introduction to some of the animals in each of the habitats, they are fairly pricey for the amount of information provided.

Recommended.

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

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