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Habitats

Authored by Hannah Pang
Illustrated by Isobel Lundie
Published by Little Tiger Press Group

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Did you know that the head-stander beetle in the Namib desert collects water by sticking its bottom in the air?

Have you heard of the Patagonian dragon? It spends its life on glaciers and its blood contains anti-freeze to help it survive!

Intrigued? Then Habitats is the book for you!

An immersive experience, this information text all about nature’s fascinating habitats is sure to delight all animal-lovers. With pages which are cut to size to show the different layers of various habitats, information is presented clearly and succinctly. Hannah Pang and Isobel Lundie have worked magic together to create such an eye-catching read.

As the reader embarks upon their journey, they begin in the rainforests of Borneo. Collage-effect illustrations draw the eye in to find, and learn more about, dawn bats, giant honeybees and the yellow meranti tree. Even as an adult reader, I learnt so much about species I had never heard of. The reader peels back the pages – each increasing in size – to reveal animals and plants who thrive in the canopy, the understorey and the forest floor. This clever layout invites us to visualise these varying parts of the habitat very clearly.

The dry Namib desert is our next destination. With little-known facts about the golden mole, the head-stander beetle and spotted hyenas, the information is just enough to whet our appetite and will hopefully lead to children developing an interest in the world around them that is far beyond the pages of this book, delightful as it is.

It is often said that good books allow their readers to travel all over the world from the comfort of their sofa, and this is no exception. Within the pages of this book, readers will explore Borneo’s rainforests, the Namib desert, the Pacific Ocean, the Black Forest, the Andes mountains and Florida’s hot springs. Though diverse habitats, the book is not over-complicated and enables their readers just a little taste of the world beyond their doorstep. A must-have for Science and Geography teaching as well as school libraries!