Peachtree. (About Habitats: Bk. 10). Nov. 2021. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781682632338.
Gr 1-3–In this latest in the series, which follows a format similar to that of the Sills’s other works, readers are introduced to the tundra. Each spread offers a single fact, using one sentence, while the facing page has a clear and realistic drawing. These watercolors are filled with just enough information to hold young readers’ attentions, neither too busy nor too simple. Each one has a label with a plate number and the physical location and name of the animals or plants within the drawing. These easy-to-read facts and detailed illustrations clearly depict a variety of tundra habitats. By the last plate, readers will have a strong understanding of what the tundra looks like and the type of plants and animals that live there. From Plate 18 on, there are thumbnails of the illustrations, well labeled, and descriptions of each image next to it—an interesting and accessible way to understand the topic. Readers will find that the single sentences create an overview while the full-page illustrations fill in the details. Some children might find it difficult to navigate back and forth during a first read but will return for more details gleaned from the plates. The title concludes with a glossary of useful words and resources in print and digital format. Early elementary students will find lots of information about the tundra from this title, which complements other titles in the series.
VERDICT Purchase where the series is popular; this careful study of what makes a tundra raises field guides to an accessible art.

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