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Mountains: Explore Earth’s Majestic Mountain Habitats

Quarto/Words & Pictures. (World of Wonder). May 2020. 64p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9780711243545.
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Gr 3-6–Large landforms, such as the Rocky Mountains and Mount Fuji, are natural wonders created millions of years ago. This informative, illustrated guide explains how mountains rose from below the depths of the ocean floor to meet the sky. Madden depicts the varied beauty of plant life, and readers will marvel at the fascinating animals that survive among the harshest environments in the world. For example, a lizard called Potamites montanicola resides in the foothills of the Andes in southern Peru. The lizard is “one of only a few lizards to live so high up, where temperatures are cool.” Guillain’s rhythmic text complements Madden’s colorful illustrations, encouraging readers to explore their surroundings and learn how to protect these fragile ecosystems. A table of contents, an index, and further reading are included. At the end of the book, Guillain directly addresses readers and describes the impact of climate change and the importance of environmental conservation. This latest entry in the “World of Wonder” series takes young readers on a fact-filled journey around the globe.
VERDICT An excellent introduction to mountain habitats for middle schoolers.

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