About Habitats: Rivers and Streams by Cathryn Sill, illustrated by John Sill. Peachtree, 9781682630914, 2019
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2
What did you like about the book? This book has two really important things working for it — beautiful illustrations and plenty of facts about rivers and streams. There is information about rivers and streams around the world, how they originate, how they can flow into larger bodies of water, how rivers and streams impact the surrounding environment, how animals and people depend on this water, and problems with water pollution. A small amount of this information was present in one or two sentence statements accompanying the illustrations–unfortunately the majority of the information was not where I thought it should be. (see below).
Anything you did not like about the book. Each page-spread features something about the rivers and streams on the left side (mostly just one sentence in large font) and a beautiful illustration on the right side. The only problem was that the rest of the information was in the “Afterword” alongside the appropriate corresponding picture (called “Plates”). I think this information would work better if presented at the same time as the picture. I imagined myself reading this to a child or a group of children and I could not picture going back and forth with the additional information. I am not sure if others would consider that a deal breaker but for me it would not be worth the purchase.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is appropriate for young elementary children to read on their own, especially if they have an interest in rivers and streams or it is something they are studying in school. However, the way the text is divided I would not recommend this book, especially if your library already has other river and stream books–nothing new presented in this book.
Who should buy this book? I am not recommending the purchase of this book.
Where would you shelve it? Beginner Nonfiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: November 20, 2019