SERIES MADE SIMPLE

Hostile Homes

. 9781482422429. ea vol: 48p. (Extreme Biology). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Gareth Stevens. 2015. lib. ed. $31.95.
COPY ISBN
Gr 4–8—A focus on some remarkable aspects of animals and other life-forms, conveyed through text and photographs, makes this set a strong choice for a variety of readers. Organization varies appropriately depending on the topic: Animal Bodies is grouped by classification while Eat or Be Eaten arranges chapters by biomes. Some half-page photographs are set off in frames; others blend into the text page. Most are quite effective, providing strong visual references for the fascinating facts introduced in the text, aided by useful captions. Each spread includes an "Extreme" text box, which adds an extra detail about the featured animal or plant. The octopus spread highlights its protective coloring and shape, for example, and the text box adds more about its beak. Parallels drawn among different plants and animals and even bacteria lead readers to synthesize species-specific details with the surprising commonalities among living things.
VERDICT Great selections for browsers and report writers alike.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

Get connected. Join our global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators.