________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 9 . . . . January 3, 2003

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On the Tundra (Small Worlds).

Jen Green.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $19.96 (cl.).
ISBN 0-7787-0153-0 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-0139-5 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Tundra ecology-Juvenile literature.
Tundras-Juvenile literature.
Ecology.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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In a Backyard. (Small Worlds).

Jen Green.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $19.96 (cl.).
ISBN 0-7787-0155-7 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-0141-7 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Urban animals-Juvenile literature.
Animals.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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A Coral Reef. (Small Worlds).

Jen Green.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $19.96 (cl.).
ISBN 0-7787-0152-2 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-0138-7 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Coral reef animals-Juvenile literature.
Coral reefs and islands-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   
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In a House (Small Worlds).

James W.R. Martin.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $19.96 (cl.).
ISBN 0-7787-0154-9 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-0140-9 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Household animals-Juvenile literature.
Urban animals.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

*** /4

   

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Reef-building coral polyps take in calcium bicarbonate from the surrounding seawater. Each polyp then produces a substance called calcium carbonate, which builds a white, cup-shaped shell under the thin layer of flesh on the underside of its body. This hard and sometimes brittle, chalky shell anchors the polyp to the reef. When the polyp dies, its skeleton remains. Over hundreds of years, the coral reef slowly grows as the polyp skeletons build up, layer upon layer. (from A Coral Reef.)


Part of a nine-volume “Small Worlds” series, these books focus on how plants and animals cohabit in small environments. The series' title is somewhat of a misnomer as the tundra and coral reef can hardly be called "small." Each book consists of six or seven chapters with a table of contents and a very brief index and glossary. Providing general information about a specific habitat, each book contains bright, colourful photographs, diagrams and maps, all suitably labeled. Fact boxes give additional information throughout the text. Of all the titles reviewed, In a House will have readers itching and scratching, and searching and listening for the myriad creepy-crawlies that the book features. If every house were home to all of these creatures, its human inhabitants would move! Paper wasps, termites, bats, rats, owls, book lice, spiders, earwigs, cockroaches and bedbugs are just a few of the pests which are mentioned.

     In a Backyard features the many animals which call a backyard or garden home. From helpful animals, such as butterflies and bees, to the not-so-welcome, such as millipedes, slugs, snakes and gophers, this book will have youngsters on the lookout for both daytime and nighttime critters. The last chapter discusses ways in which to turn a backyard into an inviting retreat for animals.

     A Coral Reef focuses on the various well-known reefs around the world and divides the reef into three main zones, each of which harbors various species of plants and animals. Visiting the reef by day and by night will result in two very different experiences for divers. Animal camouflage, unusual animals, the interesting eating habits of some animals, predator-prey relationships and endangered reefs are just a few of the topics covered. Readers will find this title quite fascinating.

     On the Tundra discusses plant and animal survival in this harsh environment. How plants adapt to a short growing season and how animals gear their reproductive cycles to the seasons of the tundra to ensure survival of their offspring are the main ideas in this book.

Recommended.

Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian at Bird's Hill School in East St. Paul, MB.

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