Explore! America’s ­Wildlife

Kane Miller. May 2023. 96p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781684644711.
Gr 3-7–Travel across the varied landscapes of the United States in this beautifully illustrated guide to the flora and fauna that inhabit our country. Divided into four geographic regions, this text explores environments and habitats from sandy deserts to remote tundra. This highly visual book of information guides readers to habitats such as the Great Lakes Basin or the Bering Sea by first featuring a large illustration with a key inset that identifies each of the animals that live there. The subsequent pages have loads of information about each environment organized into individual sections with headings, such as “Smell This!” or “Find This!” Other pages offer a detailed look at specific inhabitants’ behaviors and needs related to the environment. The author encourages readers to venture into their own backyard to explore the local wildlife, whether they live in the woodlands or in a tropical location. This is a beautifully formatted and organized book with incredibly detailed illustrations and several photographs inserted throughout, thoroughly complementing and supporting the text. Whatever students’ motivation for reading nonfiction, this book is sure to appeal. The index allows researching readers to easily find a specific topic of interest.
VERDICT This beautiful book is a wealth of knowledge on the wildlife that live in the incredibly diverse habitats of the United States; sure to be a popular selection with visual learners and young researchers.

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