Gr 3-5-An overview of various species and how they live. Each chapter heading gives a general idea of what is included in that section (e.g., "The Bear's Body" and "Eating Habits"). Within each chapter, the text is presented in the form of questions (in boldface) followed by one-to-three paragraph answers. The tone is conversational and lively, and the short blocks are easy to read. Each page also features several full-color, captioned photos. The arrangement will better serve browsers than children looking for report material. Youngsters needing material on a particular species will certainly have to look elsewhere, although this title will be a good secondary source or a starting point. Its eye-catching photos and readable text have a lot of general-interest appeal, and the cover photo of a polar bear on the ice is an immediate draw.-Arwen Marshall, formerly at New York Public Library
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