Grassland Globetrotting: Biome Explorers

By Laura Perdew  
Illustrated by Lex Cornell
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“The author and illustrator have created a book with appeal for a younger audience but with content that should be taken to heart by a wider audience. Grasslands are a beautiful part of our work, and we must do all we can to preserve them.”

“A colorful, useful addition to primary-grade biome units.” -

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School Library Journal- June 2020
K-Gr 3–Perdew captures readers’ interest right away, starting with the title. Throughout the text, fascinating bird adaptations are highlighted, including special body features, unique mating rituals, and other seemingly bizarre behaviors. The bird world favorites are covered (owls, penguins, hummingbirds), but some unusual species make appearances as well. The book’s layout includes beautiful illustrations of the birds in action and at rest. The artwork portrays other animals that could be found in some of the birds’ habitats. An activity page in the back, a glossary, and a connection page that mentions other facts are included. On these appendix pages, readers can see photographs of the birds spotlighted in the book. VERDICT A cool science title for younger readers to learn about bird adaptation. Educators can use this text in the classroom; many STEAM lessons could be inspired by these funky adaptations.

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Embark on a journey of the planet’s grassland biomes with this brightly illustrated nonfiction picture book!

Hello biome explorers! Let’s take a trip to the grasslands! These are wide open spaces of grasses, grazing animals, and swooping birds.

In Grassland Globetrotting: Biome Explorers, adventurous readers ages 5 to 8 journey to temperate grasslands and tropical savannas. Be on the lookout for bison and prairie dogs, wildebeests and giraffes! Kids are also introduced to the hardy plants that survive on the grasslands and learn why fire is an important part of grassland sustainability.

Vivid illustrations, fast facts, and a hands-on activity are all a part of this fun, foundational learning experience. An introductory poem incorporates language arts connections into this science title, which is perfect as a read aloud or for beginner readers. Also includes a glossary to support language development.

Available In:
Hardcover, $19.95
Paperback, $9.95
Includes: Glossary
Specs: 9.5 x 9.5 size | 4-color interior | 32 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Earth Science | Geography