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The Frozen Tundra: A Web of Life (World of Biomes) Library Binding – March 1, 2004

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Reviewed with Phillip Johansson's The Temperate Forest.

Gr. 3-5. Two volumes from the World of Biomes series. Opening with scientists observing polar bears in Manitoba, Tundra describes the climate, seasons, plants, and animals of the "frozen desert." Similarly, Temperate Forest begins with a biologist trapping, studying, and releasing a black bear in North Carolina and then looking at the defining features of the biome. Each book includes a good map and many excellent color photos, though the use of patterned backgrounds and borders gives the pages a rather busy look and occasionally makes the print more difficult to read. Though there are no easy-to-copy, specific "food webs" here, each book includes a more general illustrated chart for its biome. "Some Plants and Animals in the Tundra Food Web," for example, lists five plants, eight herbivores, and five carnivores but does not specify whether snowy owls feed on musk oxen, lemmings, or insects. Both books provide good, simple discussions of the flow of energy from the sun and soil to plants, then on to herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, decomposers, and back into the soil. A glossary and brief lists of recommended books and Web sites are appended to each book. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: World of Biomes
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Enslow Elementary (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766021769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766021761
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carole Herdegen on August 16, 2005
Format: Library Binding
Reviewed by Carole Herdegen, (...). This Children's Book was reviewed in the section of my website called Carole's Kids' Corner under Book Reviews

Insofar as this book is one in the series, "A World of Biomes", I felt I must first explain the word "biome" - pronounced "by-ohm". It simply means an ecological community such as a rain forest, grassland, desert or Tundra.

This book, "The Frozen Tundra", begins with a brief introduction to polar bears. Then, the author takes his readers immediately into the Arctic Tundra, the biome that includes parts of Canada, Alaska, Russia, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

After explaining the Tundra's weather conditions and vegetation, next is a listing of all the animal and plant communities that exist in this relatively unknown region of the world.

An interesting element of this book for children is the explanation of what is termed the "food web". Basically, it is the flow of energy from the sun to plants to animals that feed upon plants (herbivores) to animals that feed upon other animals (carnivores) - the cycle of life in the frozen North.

As a former teacher of lower grades, I would highly recommend this book as a primer for all teachers who are attempting to expose younger children to what nature is like in the frozen Tundra because the contents are easy to follow, well defined and presented without complexity.
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