A Rain Forest Tree
Small Worlds introduces children to ecology and ecosystems by concentrating on life in a small part of a larger habitat. Beginning with a description of the habitat, the book then looks at the plants and animals that live there. Young readers are introduced to: -- the relationships that exist between groups of organisms and their environment -- important ecological concepts, such as producers, consumers, decomposers, and food webs, explained and illustrated with examples -- activities that encourage children to investigate ecosystems closer to home -- tips on observing safely without disturbing nature or endangering themselves Home to more than half the animals and plants on earth, A Rain Forest Tree takes a close-up look at the life that lives on and around a single tree from the heights of the canopy, down through the understory to the forest floor. The humid climate conditions are described along with the birds, animals, and insects that live at each level of the tree and the plants and roots that grow on it. Tips help children investigate trees in their own neighborhood. Concepts are explained such as: -- food chains and camouflage -- prehensile tails -- defense mechanisms
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agouti American rain forest anole anteaters ants blow darts branch in search branch to branch branchless trunks brazil nuts brightly colored bromeliad plant buttress roots canopy leaves chicks climbing creatures live eat insects eat leaves eaten Epiphytes FANTASTIC FACTS floor Little light flowers food chain forest canopy forest floor Little fruit giant trees grow Harpy eagles host tree HOWARD BEACH Howler monkeys Hummingbirds hunt insects jaguars Large seeds layer leaf litter Leafcutter leopard Lianas Little light reaches lizards long snout mice moss and algae nectar nest inside nutrients ocelot Peccaries Plant eaters plants and animals poison pollen predators Prehensile tails prey rain forest tree rainwater reaches the forest saplings sharp claws Sloths Snakes South America South American rain species Spider monkeys sprout strangler fig Tamanduas tapir tasty meal Termites build three feet 0.9 toucan Tree ferns tree frogs tree it lives tree trunks treetops Tropical rain forests understory yellow