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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DAWN PUBLICATIONS (Jan. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883220599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883220594
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 22.6 x 0.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3?While this book's concept is a good one, its execution is not entirely successful. Rice presents a selection of plants and animals, arranged according to longevity, in order to give children a perspective of each living thing's place and importance in the web of life. The author begins with a mayfly, which lives about one day, and continues chronologically through a saguaro cactus, which lives about 100 years, before branching out into lifetimes that are uncertain (a banyon [sic] tree) and astronomical (the Earth is now thought to be four and a half billion years old). The text is preachy and didactic, the layout is often distracting, and the illustrations are inconsistent in quality. There is a running white band across the bottom of every page with three chimps, one holding a banana, one covering his ears, and one reading a book. The first signals a sharing activity readers that may engage in, the second a question to ponder, and the third a research question. This device totally detracts from both the information and artwork in the body of the text.?Megan McGuire, Lake View Elementary School, Madison, WI
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Gr. 3-6. Clearly designed for classroom use, this colorful book focuses on individual animals, plants, and astronomical bodies. Each page or two introduces a new subject, tells its life span, discusses its characteristics, defines what it "teaches" us, and suggests related ideas for readers to tell about, think about, and look up. For instance, elephants live about 65 years, weep when "very, very sad," and "remind us to be kind and gentle, especially to those who are not as big or smart as we are." Children are encouraged to tell about another animal they have seen showing emotion, think about how an insect or lizard feels when kept in a jar, or, on a more prosaic note, look up the differences between African and Indian elephants. The emphasis on learning lessons from nature may strike some as too values-based, but others will respond warmly to Rice's approach. Michael S. Maydak's handsome paintings add to the book's appeal. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IdeaMom on Feb. 28 2001
Format: Hardcover
"NO MATTER HOW SHORT, NOW MATTER HOW LONG, NO MATTER HOW BIG, HOW SMART OR HOW STRONG, ALL LIFE HAS A PLACE, A PURPOSE AND WORTH. ALL LIFE IS IMPORTANT ON OUR PLANET EARTH."
So begins-and ends-this beautiful story which beautifully speaks the lessons of many of Earth's creatures.
This is not a book you can-or will want to-read in one sitting. Each beautifully illustrated page invites the reader to explore further the plant, animal or object featured. Children will beg their parents to take them to the library to learn more about the creature pictured on each page. (I should know. My 4 ½ year old has developed a tremendous fascination with Venus Flytraps after reading this book.)
Each page begins with the life expectancy of a new creature (plant or animal) or the age of an object (sun, planet, universe.) The author then shares just enough information about each creature to pique the interest of the reader, follows it with a small reminder of what this creature's life may teach us (Examples: "Army ants show us that if everyone works together, we can do almost anything." "Saguaros teach us how important it is to save -- and to share.") Each page then concludes with a few questions for further exploration (Examples: "Tell about a time when you helped protect an animal or someone who needed help." "Where is the one small area where Venus flytraps grow in the wild?" "If everyone in your class held hands and made a circle, would the circle be big enough to go around the General Sherman tree?")
This is not just another book about the environment, (though it certainly encourages us to develop an appreciation) but a rare treasure to be referred to again and again as our children discover their world and realize their very special purpose within it.
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Curious children, nature lovers and teachers will love this! Feb. 28 2001
By IdeaMom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"NO MATTER HOW SHORT, NOW MATTER HOW LONG, NO MATTER HOW BIG, HOW SMART OR HOW STRONG, ALL LIFE HAS A PLACE, A PURPOSE AND WORTH. ALL LIFE IS IMPORTANT ON OUR PLANET EARTH."
So begins-and ends-this beautiful story which beautifully speaks the lessons of many of Earth's creatures.
This is not a book you can-or will want to-read in one sitting. Each beautifully illustrated page invites the reader to explore further the plant, animal or object featured. Children will beg their parents to take them to the library to learn more about the creature pictured on each page. (I should know. My 4 ½ year old has developed a tremendous fascination with Venus Flytraps after reading this book.)
Each page begins with the life expectancy of a new creature (plant or animal) or the age of an object (sun, planet, universe.) The author then shares just enough information about each creature to pique the interest of the reader, follows it with a small reminder of what this creature's life may teach us (Examples: "Army ants show us that if everyone works together, we can do almost anything." "Saguaros teach us how important it is to save -- and to share.") Each page then concludes with a few questions for further exploration (Examples: "Tell about a time when you helped protect an animal or someone who needed help." "Where is the one small area where Venus flytraps grow in the wild?" "If everyone in your class held hands and made a circle, would the circle be big enough to go around the General Sherman tree?")
This is not just another book about the environment, (though it certainly encourages us to develop an appreciation) but a rare treasure to be referred to again and again as our children discover their world and realize their very special purpose within it.
Wonderful Non-fiction! Aug. 30 2013
By wendy grimshaw - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting facts, great illustrations, and wonderful life lessons. I used the book to introduce a science center where students will develop some foundational appreciation for living things before we learn about conservation of our natural resources. The students (grade 6) were very engaged in the reading aloud of the pages--especially given it was a non-fiction book!
Awesome book! Jan. 10 2013
By Sara A. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We use it in the classroom to teach kids how to find the main idea and supporting details in non-fiction text. Awesome book!!
Well Done July 17 2014
By A. Buchanan - Published on Amazon.com
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The perfect gentle way of addressing the subject of death, with children.


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