“Living Things” addresses the properties, characteristics, and habitats of living things. Children learn that all living things need air, water, and food for survival. The book also introduces children to structural characteristics of living things and their function including eyes for seeing, ears for hearing, and skeletons for holding up the body.
The main theme of “Living Things Need Water” is that all living things require water for growth and survival. Children are also introduced to the concept of biological classification through examples of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish.
“Amazing Plants” introduces children to various features of plants. Children learn that plants are living things that have requirements for survival including food, water, light, and reproduction. Children learn that plants live in a variety of environments and develop structures and features for survival. For example, the book shows that plants protect themselves in a variety of ways including thorns, spines, odors, and the ability to secrete chemicals.
“Whose Eye is This?” centers on the idea that living things have comparable yet different structures (such as eyes) that serve similar functions. The book introduces children to the concept of animal classification through examples of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. In addition, the book is personalized with the child’s picture and includes questions that promote observational skills and knowledge of the properties of living things.
“Plants and Animals Live Here” introduces children to various habitats for many different living organisms and to the concept that different physical environments sustain different life forms. Habitats in the book include deserts, plains, mountains, forests, and wetlands. In addition, the book introduces children to the concept of interdependence of living things across a number of different ecosystems.
“Living Things Need Food” teaches children about the concept of a food chain: a grouping of living things in which matter and energy are transferred from one organism to another in the form of food. Children begin to understand that the predator and prey relationship between certain animals and between plants and animals is necessary for survival.