9781624031588. ea vol: 48p. (The Science of Life Series). bibliog. further reading. glossary. illus. index. photos. websites. ABDO. 2014. lib. ed. $32.79.
Gr 5–8—This series examines the incredible diversity of life through a variety of disciplines. Many informational sidebars, explanatory diagrams, and stunning full-page photos with captions are integrated into the text and bring the concepts to life. One-page synopses provide several examples of current scientific studies and possible career choices. This series promotes deep thinking and should assist youngsters in making new connections. For instance, "Straight to the Source" provides one-page primary sources of historical importance and then asks readers to engage in learning activities, such as adapting the source for modern audiences, supplying evidence from text, or identifying big questions. Other sections make readers "Stop and Think" by offering additional questions to ponder or by asking them to compare and contrast textual evidence with select web content. A strong set of titles.
These titles unevenly introduce the rather disparate topics of cell biology and ecology. Each book has several well-organized chapters, with numerous photos, sidebars, and charts, plus references to deeper online material and prompts and questions to the reader (which may distract general researchers). The books contain some sweeping statements. Back matter supplies further data and questions. Reading list. Glos., ind. Review covers these Science of Life titles: Cells, Food Chains, Animal Classification, and Ecosystems.

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