Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
Many textbooks lump all grassland biomes into one category, describing the ability of the climax community to withstand long, dry periods and the role of fires on grass. This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book goes farther, differentiating among the world's tall grass prairies, short grass prairies, and savannas.
The author describes how various species of animals and plants have adapted to life in these habitats. Exquisite plates with detailed annotations further add to the information the text provides. An afterword section provides more detailed information about grasslands for the teacher or student who wants to investigate further, while a glossary supports informational reading skills.
This book, along with the others in the series, will be valuable assets in a classroom where biomes, habitats, and/or adaptations are on the curriculum.The richness of the illustrations expands its useful range from elementary through middle school.
Review posted on 1/26/2012