One of a series which looks at the cycle of life from birth to death, this book focuses on plants and animals that live around a pond. It is the story of how life begins and how these living things manage, or fail to survive over a period of a year. As in the first book in this series, "The Hunt for Food", each spread has a paragraph describing the scene illustrated. Extended captions give information about lifecycles, habitat, seasons and the changes these bring about for pond-dwellers such as amphibians, waterbirds (heron, ducks, moorhens, grebe, swallows), pond snails, pike sticklebacks, snakes, otters, water voles, diving beetles, dragonflies, mosquitoes and mayflies. Plants such as iris, waterlilies, duckweed and greater reedmace are also shown.
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Grade 1-3?Designed for children beginning to explore and understand the complexities and diversity in nature, these illustration-filled books with simple texts and numerous captions show individual plants and animals adapting within habitats that change with the seasons. Set in a meadow, The Hunt for Food establishes the relationship between predator and prey while From Birth to Death discusses the life cycles found within a pond environment. Gentle text and soothing naturalistic colors in the illustrations tone down the often-harsh realities of nature. Both volumes demonstrate the ebb and flow of life, with above- and below-ground habitats illustrated on the same page for a glimpse of a total environment. While From Birth to Death concentrates on the beginning of life, both titles show death without sensationalism. Words in boldface are defined in glossaries. Patricia Lauber's Who Eats What? (HarperCollins, 1994) explains the food chain with more simplicity and clarity, but the realistic illustrations and focus on separate ecosystems broaden the concept in these new volumes. Two books that will support science curriculums.?Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
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Book Description Chrysalis Education, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111931983895