Thursday, June 24, 2010


Take a look at nature's survivors in a whole new light!

Sidman, Joyce.
April 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Summary from
Why is the beetle, born 265 million years ago, still with us today? (Because its wings mutated and hardened). How did the gecko survive 160 million years? (by becoming nocturnal and developing sticky toe pads.) How did the shark and the crow and the tiny ant survive millions and millions of years? When 99 percent of all life forms on earth have become extinct, why do some survive? And survive not just in one place, but in many places: in deserts, in ice, in lakes and puddles, inside houses and forest and farmland? Just how do they become ubiquitous?
In this unique take nature, Sidman shares with readers the true stories of nature's fittest (survival of the fittest). Coupled with interesting poems, a great deal of factual information is presented about each of the survivors discussed in this book. The book is an interesting way to share different forms of poetry (when teaching children about poetry, or even just for children who love poetry). The book can also be used as a reference tool, as there is so much factual information to be learned! I could definitely see this holding a place in an upper-elementary classroom (grades 3+).

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