Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review: Where Do I Live? by Dr. Kristine Duehl


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Young children will eagerly explore the relationships between biomes and animals in this vivid and accurately illustrated lesson in scientific thinking. The book introduces the five major biomes—aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra—with examples of animals that live in each. The book then implements an inquiry-style teaching method by asking readers where they think an animal might live before providing information on the animal and its biome. Once the reader learns about the characteristics of the biome and an animal’s adaptation to its biome, the book follows up with a question to encourage the reader to think further about the relationship between a biome and such animal adaptations, all the while demonstrating the effectiveness of inquiry-based education.
MY TAKE:
There are many ways for kids to learn, and a book that makes use of animals as examples of what lives in certain biomes is one of the better ones.

In Where Do I Live?, readers are introduced to animals that live in different biomes. The text contains details about both the biome and the animal. The accompanying illustrations help make it easier to retain the information mentioned.

Usually, I'm not a fan of illustrations that look as though they were rendered on a computer. With this book, though, it seems to work so it didn't bother me as much.

Thanks to NetGalley and Smith Publicity for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. It discusses different biomes.
  2. It introduces different animals that live in certain biomes.
  3. There's a short activity at the end that helps check if readers remember which animal belongs in each biome.

THE BAD:

  1. Some may find the book's straightforward approach boring.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Arctic hares have white fur in the winter to hide on the white snow.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child is learning about biomes.
  2. Your child likes learning new things.
  3. Your child likes educational books.

RATING:
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