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Nature in the Neighborhood
ISBN: 9780618352159
Author: Morrison, Gordon
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Published: October 2004
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: Take a stroll through the seasons with naturalist Gordon Morrison as he reveals all of the many plants and animals to be found around one's own neighborhood. Full color.
Additional Information
Physical Information: 0.36" H x 11.30" L x 9.32" W 32 pages
Bargain Category: Early Elementary, Picture Books, Reference, Science, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring)
In a chronicle of the natural world during the four seasons, Morrison stresses that nature can be found anywhere, even in the cracks of a busy sidewalk. In a text that reads like a naturalist's journal, suburbia's flora and fauna are explained and followed as they bloom, hatch, and grow. Large color illustrations are complemented by smaller black-and-white sketches with captions that give specific information about particular species. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 October)
Gr 1-4-While most books about habitats consider vast territories such as rain forests or tundra, Morrison calls attention to the workings of nature close to home. He focuses on plants and animals in a single neighborhood in an unnamed North American city, beginning in spring as the snow melts and following them through the seasons. A robin nests in a fire-alarm box. Weeds claim an empty lot. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants. Two detailed maps of the neighborhood help readers locate the sites described. Full-color illustrations and standard type move the narration along. Lower on the pages, tiny black-and-white drawings are accompanied by more detailed descriptions of the animals and plants as well as explanations of concepts such as habitat. This format expands the title's usefulness to a broader range of children, depending on their interest and reading ability. At times, however, the amount of information threatens to distract from the main account. Still, this offering could serve as a resource for nature study or community units and will encourage readers to observe and appreciate their own surroundings.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.