Extreme Environments: Living on the Edge
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Extreme Environments: Living on the Edge

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Look InsideLanguage Arts Correlations Teachers' Notes Teachers' Notes From desert villagers to tube worms clustered around ocean vents, life has a remarkable way of surviving and thriving in the most challenging of places. This book looks at how humans and animals have evolved to flourish in the unlikeliest locations...and at just how fragile these fringe ecosystems can be. Second Nature is a multi-topic environmental series that makes environmental awareness just that - second nature - and instills confidence in kids through knowledge, expertise, and a spirit of participation. This series embraces thought-provoking alternative viewpoints, while encouraging kids to form action plans through scientific inquiry and practical insights.

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    Second Nature
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    Jeff Garside
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    environmental science
Included in Booklist's Spotlight on Series Nonfiction with Trash Talk: What You Thow Away and Word of Mouth: The Food You Eat.

This is a multi-topic series intended to highlight environmental problems and solutions. The issues are presented from a historical, local, global, and scientific perspective. The books use photographs, images, and different font styles to keep readers engaged. Books are co-authored by scientists who are experts in the topics presented. The sections “What Can I Do?,” “Trailblazers,” and “Expert Opinions,” highlight individual action and ideas. Glossary. Websites. Index. Recommended.

Library Media Connection, March/April 2012

Recommended. Part of the Second Nature series. Layout and illustrations were good. The information was well organized. It covered a large amount of topics with enough information to encourage deeper investigation by those with interest in the topic. It talks about an organism being able to adapt to the environment in several instances; it does not promote evolution of man as the only theory. I liked the expert opinions chapter. That is something not usually found in elementary books. There was a very short chapter on career opportunities and a suggestion on "What can I do?".

Arlington Independent School District, January 2012

Informative, contemporary examples (flooding in New Orleans, Japanese tsunami) make the topic interesting and relevant to young readers. Full color photographs enhance the text. Layout is a bit text-heavy and use of color (each page is a different color) can be distracting.

Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, March 2012
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