This stunning book looks at how animals use camouflage in seven distinct ecosystems spanning the globe: swamp (Florida Everglades), desert (Africa's Sahara), rain forest (South America's Amazon), savanna (East Africa), deciduous forest (Europe), arctic (North America), and coral reef (Australia's Great Barrier Reef). For each habitat, a lush full-page spread is followed by a key that explains how each animal uses camouflage and where it can be found in the preceding spread.
Grades K-3. In whichever ecosystem they live, animals’ camouflage protects them from predators. Stevenson’s engrossing way of hiding animals makes the book as much art as science. Reminiscent of the popular I Spy books, this features seven ecosystems in two double-page spreads each. On the first, children seek some number of animals in the ecosystem illustration, while the second double-page spread has a smaller version of the picture with the animals numbered and surrounded by text boxes containing brief descriptions of each. Curiosity and a competitive spirit will have children pointing and counting animals on the hide-and-seek pages, and their enthusiasm should carry over into the fact-based spreads. There are plenty of animal camouflage books out there, but the gouache paintings—vibrant or muted depending on the ecosystem—combined with the inclusion of so many animals, along with their descriptions, makes this stick out from the pack.