Hidden Habitats: Earth

Candlewick/Big Picture. (Small Worlds). Oct. 2022. 18p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781536226690.
K-Gr 3–Eight very different habitats from around the world are described and beautifully illustrated on well-composed spreads. Liftable flaps enable readers to peek under the surface to see how a toad keeps its skin moist under decomposing leaves in the North American forest, and in a Sahara Desert oasis the way a darkling beetle scuttles on tiptoe to keep its feet from burning in the intense heat. The usually unseen life in different habitats is illustrated in full-color with around 70 flaps in total to lift and learn from. Young readers can spend time exploring hidden activities and discover how the complex networks function in such varied places as an alpine meadow, a rain forest in Borneo, and the Grand Canyon. Categories such as predators, herbivores, decomposers, animal homes, and relationships are briefly defined in the beginning and then often highlighted in the text, but there is no index or glossary to expand on definitions or terms.
VERDICT Although the paper flaps may make this a fragile choice for school and public libraries, this is a compelling way for children to absorb such varied conditions across our globe.

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