ABSTRACT

The Great Kapok Tree is a beloved classic in which clear, simple text and lovingly rendered colored-pencil and watercolor art tell the story of a man sent into the Amazon rain forest to chop down a great kapok tree. This chapter defines the term habitat and clarifies that every living thing has its own unique habitat. It introduces the term biome and compares the features and creatures of rain forest and desert biomes. The chapter focuses on the cast of creatures that live in different kinds of wetlands and grasslands, respectively. Students learn that a biome is a large area of land with special features, and those features determine what kinds of plants and animals can live there. They also compare plants and animals that live in a desert biome with those in a rain forest biome.