Friday, March 21, 2014

Exploring Forest Habitats

About Habitats: Forests
By Cathryn Sill; illus by John Sill
48 pages; ages 3-7
Peachtree publishers, 2014

The latest addition to the About Habitat series highlights the diversity of the forest biome. As with previous books, each spread introduces one concept in simple language and eloquent illustrations. Each illustration focuses on a particular type of forest -  deciduous, rainforest, dry forest, boreal forest, or cloud forest - and highlights animals, birds, plants or fungi that live in those forests.

For example, Sill introduces the idea of plants and trees growing in layers. The illustrations of a tropical rainforest shows the forest floor, the understory, and the canopy. Sills shows the seasons of a forest, how animals use the trees and plants for food, and how people use forest products that include everything from paper to medicine and chocolate.

One of the things I love about these books is the yummy back matter: six pages of detailed notes about each illustration, a glossary, websites and books. There's a handy map at the front, too, showing the major forest areas of the world.

This is the last stop for the Forests Blog Tour . Take a minute to drop by Peachtree to find the list of other blog stops, and read what others have to say about this book. Then amble on over to STEM Friday to see what other bloggers are writing about.
 On Monday we're over at the Nonfiction Monday blog. You'll find lots of nonfiction resources there. Review copy provided by publisher.


  1. I didn't know about these books. I just ordered five different ones from my local library. Thanks for letting me know about them.

  2. Amazing series! I enjoy them as much as my grandchildren enjoy them. We like that the author and illusrator are husband and wife.

    By the way I love you blog this is my first time to visit you. I will definitely come back.

  3. Sounds very interesting. I had not heard about this series before. I love the idea of comparing forest types. heading over to look for this one!
    -Reshama @Stackingbooks