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A dead log
Green, Jen.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crabtree Pub. Co., 1999.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm.
Describes the various creatures and plants that live in, on, or under a dead log.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 0.5 29921.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.5 3 Quiz: 19025 Guided reading level: O.

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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library QH541.5.F6 G74 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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A living tree is home to many different creatures. When the tree dies, a different group of animals and plants move in. A Dead Log describes the diverse kinds of insects, plants and animals that live on and under a dead tree's bark as well as inside the log itself.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Three carefully crafted books. A Dead Log presents the animals and plants that might be associated with a fallen log in a North American deciduous forest. A Saguaro Cactus introduces animals of the Sonoran Desert. Under a Stone highlights the creatures that live on a North American prairie. Each book is heavily illustrated with carefully selected, eye-catching, full-color photographs and a few explanatory drawings. The denizens of each ecosystem are well represented and some discussion of related plants and fungi is included as well. The interrelationships of life and the food web that make the ecosystem an integrated whole are highlighted. Insets providing "Fantastic Facts," captions to the illustrations, and an occasional longer inset further heighten interest without disrupting the flow of the narratives. The books conclude with instructions for simple and interesting ways to investigate habitats, with thoughtful injunctions for protecting the safety of both the individual and the organisms of the ecosystem. The terms in the glossaries seem somewhat arbitrary. For example, a mammal is defined, in part, as an animal that "suckles its young." However, more children are familiar with the concept of "mammal" than with "suckling." Nevertheless the books are well written and present a wide variety of information.- Stephanie Bianchi, National Science Foundation Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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