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Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite
Plant Adaptations: How We Live in Our Habitat brings some basic science topics down to earth for first and second-grade children. Written by Sarah Lalonde, it details six essential habitats that are present today on earth in simple language with colored pictures to assist children so they can learn about these topics even if they are very young. The habitats considered are Arctic, Desert, Ocean, Temperate Forest, Wetlands, and Rainforest, with emphasis on the adaptations different regions require of plants that live in them. A brief overview of what a habitat is and some extras like a glossary of terms and a list of adaptations not specific to any one habitat region make sure kids have the information they need.
A good book for cutting straight to the core concepts, Plant Adaptations: How We Live in Our Habitat is kid-friendly and easy to learn from. I found it a very well-organized, readable book that was entertaining without losing factuality about the types of habitats. Sarah Lalonde emphasizes the right things, streamlining the science topics so kids don’t lose interest and she spices up the book by scattering fun little tidbits throughout. Examples of a variety of unique plants (like sundews, which use fake dew drops to capture and eat insects) give visual punch to an accurate presentation of some of Nature’s wonderful adaptations. Why leaves fall off trees in temperate climates, how red foliage can help plants in the Arctic, and what diverse ways seaweed adapts to the ocean are just some of the facts presented. Young readers will have a fun time with this useful book.