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An Australian Outback Food Chain
ISBN: 9780822574996
Author: Wojahn, Rebecca Hogue/ Wojahn, Donald
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Published: March 2009
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Describes food chains in the tundra, beginning with carnivores, such as a falcon or a polar bear, and ending with decomposers.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Science & Ecosystems
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Biology
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals
Library of Congress Subjects:
Food chains (Ecology); Australia; Juvenile literature.
Food chains (Ecology)
Ecology; Australia.
Dewey: 577.540994
LCCN: 2008021117
Lexile Measure: 730
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Follow That Food Chain
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 3-4
Grade level: 3-4
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 7.25" L x 0.25" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Geography, Animals
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 June)

Gr 3–6—Numerous photos of plants and animals in their habitats appear on these pages, accompanied by an explanation of the basic elements of a food chain and definitions of terms such as predators, consumers, producers, and decomposers. What sets these books apart from others on the topic is their "choose your own adventure" style. After transporting readers to an unfamiliar habitat ("It's July, and the Arctic tundra is in full bloom"), the authors instruct them to choose one of the region's carnivores and explore its food chain. Six animals (grizzly bear, snowy owl, Arctic wolf, polar bear, wolverine, and peregrine falcon) are presented in Tundra and four (dingo, saltwater crocodile, wedge-tailed eagle, Gould's monitor) in Outback. Choices result in returning to some pages more than once and sometimes discovering a "dead end"—a critically endangered or extinct animal. Then it's back to the beginning to select a new carnivore. The interconnections created by the choices effectively illustrate the complexity of food webs while providing information about the plants and animals that form the components. Lively, engaging writing helps sustain interest. The back matter will assist report writers, and the possibility of choosing among options to create numerous "plots" will entice a broad audience to learn about life in unfamiliar places.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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