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Extreme Habitats: Mountain Survival
By Susie Hodge

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Mountain Survival
Extreme Habitats
By Susie Hodge
Read How You Want, (2010)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Verdana Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Gareth Stevens Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1427089069
Genre: Science, Geography, Children's NonFiction

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - July 15, 2010

Mountain Survival is one of the four books in the Extreme Habitats series of books for young people. The books in this series focus on some of the most extreme environments on the Earth, looking at the history, geography, and science related to each environment. In this volume, written by Susie Hodge in consultation with Dr. Alton Byers of The Mountain Institute, readers learn how mountains are created and destroyed, which mountain is the tallest in the world and which one has proven to be the deadliest to humans. Readers will also discover a host of tips on mountain survival, what supplies you'll need if decided to climb a high mountain peak, and what animals you might encounter in high mountain environments.

Filled with intriguing illustrations, this book is sure to fire up the imagination of readers of all ages. For example, my kids have simply devoured all of the books in the Extreme Habitats series that they had a chance to read. They like to share the factoids that they garner from these books with each other and their friends, and these books have encouraged them to delve into these subjects in greater detail. These books are great for your kids to read for pleasure, not only do they encourage them to practice their reading skills but they are also learning in the process - without feeling like they are studying.

In addition to being a valuable source of reading material for kids, these books are also a valuable resource for use in the classroom setting. They can be effectively used in elementary school level science, geography, and social studies classes. For example, in Mountain Survival there are sections detailing the various peoples that live at higher than normal altitudes and the adaptions that their bodies have made to enable them to live at such altitudes. Information on the adaptations made by the plants and animals that typically live at high altitudes are also detailed. Scientific information about volcanoes, mud slides, and other mountain-related phenomenons are also covered, as is the negative impact that humans can have on mountains. All this information is provided in short, easy to digest portions that are geared toward readers in the 9-12 age bracket. Mountain Survival is an excellent addition to the Extreme Habitats series.

Extreme Habitats: Mountain Survival is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available not only to visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.

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