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Explore Forest Habitats

about forestsAbout Habitats: Forests

By Cathryn Sill; illus by John Sill

48 pages; ages 3-7

Peachtree publishers, 2014

The latest addition to the About Habitat series highlights the diversity of the forest biome. As with previous books, each spread introduces one concept in simple language and eloquent illustrations. Each illustration focuses on a particular type of forest –  deciduous, rainforest, dry forest, boreal forest, or cloud forest – and highlights animals, birds, plants or fungi that live in those forests.

For example, Sill introduces the idea of plants and trees growing in layers. The illustrations of a tropical rainforest shows the forest floor, the understory, and the canopy. Sills shows the seasons of a forest, how animals use the trees and plants for food, and how people use forest products that include everything from paper to medicine and chocolate.

One of the things I love about these books is the yummy back matter: six pages of detailed notes about each illustration, a glossary, websites and books. There’s a handy map at the front, too, showing the major forest areas of the world.

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Author: Sue Heavenrich

I write about science and environmental issues for children and their families.

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