From shortest to tallest and biggest to smallest, this ecosystem investigation uses varying degrees of comparison to take a closer look at the relationships of prairie flora, fauna, and landforms.
Part of the I'm the Biggest! series
From shortest to longest, deepest to tallest, and smallest to biggest, this series uses varying degrees of comparison to encourage curious young explorers to take a closer look at the relationships of the flora, fauna, and landforms of six different biomes. I’m the Biggest! uses simple but dynamic language to place each ecosystem under investigation, peering through binoculars, under a microscope, or through a camera to study how the region’s features affect its inhabitants, as well as how the inhabitants flourish within the environment. Striking photos aid in the books’ visual appeal, while graphics and maps supply real-world examples of each ecosystem, encouraging readers to further explore the topic at hand.
The series name and the cover images of these books in the “I’m the Biggest!” series suggest that each book will focus on one large animal. However, the focus is really on the title environment. Each book introduces the characteristics of its featured environment, generally illustrated by a representative example. Then it dives into plant life and wildlife, including large and small animals. In the Deserts juxtaposes the biggest desert animal, the camel, with the small Gila monster and the tiny kangaroo rat. In the Mountains discusses bighorn sheep and the Andean condor—and the much smaller alpine bumblebee. In the Prairies introduces not only large bison, but also small prairie dogs and grasshoppers. In the Rivers marvels at huge saltwater crocodiles and anacondas, as well as smaller Amazon River dolphins and tiny parasites. A world map highlights places around the globe where the type of environment can be found. The books use large, colorful photos strategically. Stunning landscapes focused on the particular environment alternate with brilliant close-ups of plants and animals. Insets offer more detail or additional examples. Each word reviewed in the back matter is also illustrated with a photo. The visual appeal will attract and hold readers’ attention as they read more about these interesting environments.
–Miriam Aronin, Booklist , 5/15/2019