Sunday, April 25, 2010
Animal Habitats, edited by Lorrie Mack. DK, Tourmaline Editions. 2009. $21.99 ages 6 and up
"In each of six chapters (Coral Reef, Rain Forest, Water Hole, Desert, Mountain, and Arctic), you can follow five specific animals as they go through a day and a night, learn lots of fascinating facts about all the other creatures that share their habitat. Then, as you go through your day - having breakfast, going to school, playing with your friends, eating supper, getting ready for bed - you'll know exactly what all your favorite animals are doing at the same time!"
Now, there's an apt description of this entertaining and engaging book - another winner from a fantastic publisher whose task is to present relevant, realistic and readable books for children whose passion is the natural world. DK Publishing knows just what it is doing! They constantly encourage children's quest for knowledge about the world by providing exceptional books for their reading pleasure.
The introduction describes the premise for this book. It is only when you get the reading journey started that you discover the real treasure that lies within. We begin with dawn in the coral reef. If you have never visited one, and are not likely to do so in the next few months, these amazing close-up photos will have you thinking you have just made that visit. The morning is a busy time! A numbered box describes the creatures pictured while a series of photos and captions on the facing page describe what they are doing at this time of the day. One we go through each hour of the day, with more information and clear photos of the many creatures found on the reef. We finally say good-bye at 4 am as the baby turtles and scramble to safety in the sea.
It takes some time, and will spark many 'aha' moments as readers browse through the many images presented and the information included. Hours of fun and learning...just what makes DK Publishing a resource that perennially garners great reviews for the nonfiction they provide.