Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Emily Sutton
Publisher: Candlewick Press
There are many different types of living creatures on this planet. Some are big, some are small, but they all live here and interact with each other. There are millions of different species and types of living things that form a network of living creatures. Humans are part of this network too, but we’re slowly killing the environment that affects our living neighbors. Some animals have gone extinct because we haven’t taken care of their home. We must be careful to take care of the environment because otherwise, the living creatures could go from many to one.
With rich colors and interesting facts, this book is the perfect way to open a unit on biodiversity and ecosystems. It is filled with beautiful, detailed illustrations of hundreds of different living creatures all over the world, which are fun to look at and explore. Many of the creatures are labeled, which allows the reader to learn about different types of animals that they may not otherwise have heard of. Animal facts also are found on some pages, as well as diagrams explaining the food chain or other natural processes. This book is written by a zoologist, so the information presented is accurate. Informational, vibrant, and enjoyable, this book is a great addition to any elementary school classroom.