One Small Place in a Tree

Barbara Brenner, Author, Tom Leonard, Illustrator
Barbara Brenner, Author, Tom Leonard, Illustrator HarperCollins Publishers $17.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-17180-3
Reviewed on: 03/01/2004
Release date: 03/01/2004
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-688-17181-0
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Two new titles by Barbara Brenner, illus. by Tom Leonard, examine tiny animal habitations. One Small Place in a Tree demonstrates how different animals slowly create a hole in a tree (a bear uses the bark as a scratching post; timber beetles ""set up housekeeping"" in the layer below, etc.); even as the tree dies, it is host to birds and bacteria and later squirrels, salamanders and spiders. One Small Place by the Sea shows how life flourishes in small tide pools, as anemones, sea stars and other creatures feed on plankton and each other in an ever-changing coastal ecosystem. Leonard renders his realistic, full-bleed illustrations both scientifically and dramatically. (Mar.)
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