A Woodland Counting Book
By Claudia McGehee
Towering oak and hickory woodlands once fringed the tallgrass prairie of the Midwest. In a wondrous mixture of plant and animals life, big mammals like black bears and cougars thrived alongside gray foxes and ovenbirds. Now only small portions of this special habitat remain, and many of its animals and plants are endangered or extinct.
A Woodland Counting Book helps children learn about the woodland family. From one splendid white oak to fifty busy carpenter ants, Claudia McGehee follows spring to summer to fall to winter, returning at the book's end to springtime in "one woodland community." She introduces more than twenty species of plants and animals, from white oaks that tower overhead to shelter the woodland citizens to delicate showy lady's slipper orchids and from barred owls with their distinctive hoots and calls to tiny evening bats which roost in hollow trees. A section of woodland notes gives interesting information about all featured species.
These vibrantly colored scratchboard illustrations reveal the beauty of our woodland communities, guiding nature lovers and children of all ages through a much-loved landscape.
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