Title: A Walk in the Boreal ForestA Walk in the Boreal Forest
Author: Rebecca L. Johnson
Illustrator: Phyllis V. Saroff
Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 8 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★★

A Walk in the Boreal Forest is part of a series of books, each of which addresses the climate, foliage, location, and animal population in the different biomes. Each book begins by describing what a biome is and providing a map of the United States with different biomes shaded in different colours. Also included in the book is a small section defining the more difficult words used in the text.

There were several things that I loved about this series. One was that there was no hint of environmentalism. The second was that it provided an abundance of photographs. Now, in most nature books, the photographs are ill lighted and very bleak looking. Such is not the case with this series – all of the photographs are sunny and happy looking.

Here are a few of the particularly interesting facts I learned from Boreal Forest.

  • White spruce trees, which are common in the boreal forest, can grow to be 150 feet tall – almost as tall as four school buses stacked end to end.
  • The sticky resin that oozes from pine trees works as a natural repellent. It tastes so terrible that most animals won’t even nibble on pine needles or bark.
  • Lynxes are the only members of the cat family that live in the boreal forest.

Conclusion. Excellent. Wonderfully educational for children.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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