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

A Walk in the Tundra 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 Tundra.

  • Only the top few inches of soil thaw out during the summer; below this layer never thaws and is called permafrost.
  • Most tundra plants have shallow roots which cannot penetrate the permafrost.
  • Both arctic foxes and hares have coats which turn from brown in the summer to white in the winter.

Conclusion. Excellent. Wonderfully educational for children.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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