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  • Jul 31, 2010
What a nice nature study book for the younger set this one is! Kevin Kurtz has taken us to the mountains in this recently publication from Sylvan Dell Publishing and given his readers quite an informative treat.

The text of this interesting little book is written in mild verse form. Consider the mountain goats:

One thousand more feet above sea level,
the mountain is getting steep!
Yet mountain goats are up there.
Higher and higher they leap.

On some mountains these goats are natives.
On others, they don't belong,
brought there by people,
before we knew it was wrong.

The author visits a mountain and gives us a very nice overview of the wildlife that can be found in this environment. Black bears, garter snakes, bighorn sheep, yellow bellied marmot, salamanders, great gray owls, Clark's nutcracker, hummingbirds, mountain goats and snow fleas. Big critters and small, the author gives a very nice overview.

The story of these animals is enhanced by some very nice art work by Erin E. Hunter. Each animal is presented in its habitat and we get some idea of that animal's life style. Each creature is presented on a double page format. Anatomy of each animal is quite accurate and the background is quite representative of their habitat.

The book concludes with a very nicely written and presented study guide for parents and teachers. Mountain ecocystems are presented here and a very nice little match the animal with the facts quiz is offered.

This is a great little book for the classroom or individual child's library. It would be a great gift to give to a child who is about to visit the mountains for the first time. Home Schoolers will find this one quite useful. All in all, it would be quite difficult to find something not to like about this work.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

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Retirement does not suit me and I now substitute teach in our local schools system. I spent twenty years in the military, twenty years in health care as a consultant and have taught in various colleges … more
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Come spend A Day on the Mountain, the follow up to Kevin Kurtzs award-winning first book, A Day in the Salt Marsh. Rhyming verse and vibrant illustrations take readers up a mountain, from the forested bottom to the snow-covered top. While climbing, they witness the changing habitats and meet the plants and animals that live there. Learn about Black bears, Great Gray Owls, Garter snakes, Clarks nutcrackers, Bighorn sheep, Hummingbirds, Yellow-bellied marmots, Mountain goats, Salamanders, and Snow fleas. The For Creative Minds educational section includes: Mountain Ecosystems, Mountain to Arctic Pole Map Comparison, Above or Below the Tree Line?, and Match the Animals. Additional Teaching Activities and Interactive Quizzes are available on Sylvan Dell Publishings website.
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Books, Childrens Books, Nature Books, Mountain Animals


ISBN-10: 1607180731
ISBN-13: 978-1607180739
Author: Kevin Kurtz
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: SylvanDellPublishing
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