Habitats

£12.99

If Bookwagon had its way, every home, every classroom, would have a copy of Habitats. Like Seasons, its sister book from Little Tiger Press, this book strips away factual descriptions.  In this case we’re introduced to the notion of habitat,  so that we’re shown and have life compared within different regions. In fact, there are six regions presented. These are:- Borneo’s rainforests; the Namib Desert; the deep oceans of the Pacific;  Germany’s Black Forest; the Andes Mountains and Florida’s Natural Springs.

Not only do readers compare different places on Earth, considering climate, vegetation and physical features, but then we read and learn about those creatures that live within each. Furthermore, we see how there are different numbers of layers within the habitats. Then we see how life has adapted, why creatures need to live within their habitats.

For example, in the deep Pacific ocean off Australia’s eastern coast, we realise why silver gulls might be the ‘most common gull’. We only need to peel back the layer, beneath the torpedoing sailfish flying fish to realise the sunlit zone of the Great Barrier Reef. Then again, beneath this, we’ve the Twilight Zone. We learn that ‘scientists know less about this mysterious zone than the surface of the moon‘! It is so dark and mysterious that pelican eels use flashing lights on the end of their tails to confuse prey or communicate. Then again, lanternfish communicate through lights also!

Bookwagon is awed by Habitats. What a fascinating, brilliantly researched and beautifully presented book.

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Habitats

Hannah Pang and Isobel Lundie

(Little Tiger Press)

Bookwagon was awed by Hannah Pang and Clover Robin’s Seasons. Subsequently, we’re absorbed by this illustrator’s collaboration with Isobel Lundie, Habitats. It is glorious and utterly essential to every classroom.
We begin upon ‘the vast island of Borneo- home to an amazing world of wildlife’. Thereafter, we ‘peel back the layers‘ of pages to realise the wealth of wildlife within each strata. For example, we’ve parakeets, and spinning helicopter seeds ‘at the roof of the forest’. Then again, two layers down, in the ‘understorey‘, we’ve the world’s largest flower. It ‘smells of rotten meat to attract flies and other insects’. There’s also a blood eating tiger leech!
However, the Namib,  the ‘world’s oldest desert’, has two layers only. Thereafter, upon the barren plains. we’ve scavenging spotted hyenas and mobs of meerkats. Meanwhile, within its shifting dunes resides Grant’s golden mole, that ‘swims through the loose, dry sands’ in search of food.
Then again, soaring upon the ‘rocky mountain tops‘ of the Andes are Andean condor, seeking dead creatures to eat! This is only one of six areas of Earth for us to look over and learn about.
Bookwagon can hardly do justice to the strength, information, wonder and fascination of this book. All we can do is urge all readers to step inside. Habitats is quite exceptional.

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