The Boreal Forest

A Year in the World’s Largest Biome

Written by L. E. Carmichael, Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

This book provides an in-depth look at Boreal Forest ecosystems. Accompanied by colorful pictures, it describes in an understandable way what boreal forests are, where they are located around the world, and how they are very important to the environment at large by cleaning both air and water. The book details and depicts various animals, trees, plants, and weather that can be found in these parts of the world.

The book is organized by certain countries that this particular kind of forest can be found in. It also includes sections on how the ecosystem works, what harms it such as too many bugs, fire, strong winds, etc., and even shows a very clear visual representation of the water cycle. It has unique and interesting information presented in an engaging and understandable way for older Elementary School students and would hold their attentions sufficiently. I particularly love all the information about the special kinds of animal species in different regions and how the story follows their lives in the forests in a story format to make it more fun and puts the reader in their shoes, so to speak.

All in all, this book is very informative and interesting. Most importantly, I learned so many wonderful facts about trees and animals I did not know before. I cam away realizing it is very important to be careful and take care of the earth at large as well as the boreal forests in order to keep our stable way of life and not worsen climate change.

Reviewed by Natalie Dean, Media Clerk, Woodrow Wilson Elementary
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

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The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World’s Largest Biome
Written by L. E. Carmichael, Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon
Kids Can Press
48 pages
Release Date: April 7, 2020
ISBN: 9781525300448
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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