The Four Seasons: Uncovering Nature

The Four Seasons: Uncovering Nature

by Annie Jones


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Why do seasons happen? Where do animals go in winter? How do plants reproduce?

From changes in the plant world through the year, to penguins preparing a nest, and puma kittens learning to hunt, plants and animals from every corner of the world are used to illustrate the many processes that govern natural life. These include metamorphosis, hibernation, migration, pollination, plus the many environments in which they occur, such as savanna, swamp, jungle, and deciduous woodland.

The four acetate overlays feature:

  • Winter to Spring: the Himalayan Mountains change
  • Spring to Summer: a South American pampas over time
  • Summer to Fall: deciduous woodlands turn with the season
  • Fall to Winter: a conifer forest prepares for the cold.

The Uncovering series: Exposing science and technology in stunning color and detail.

Jam-packed with exacting full-color illustrations, these titles focus on topics of particular interest to young readers. Informative text and descriptive captions and sidebars complement dozens of annotated drawings. Each book contains four acetate overlays, used in some cases to show changes over time, in others to show a cutaway interior.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554071371
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 05/01/2006
Series: Uncovering Series
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 10 Years

About the Author

Annie Jones is an award-winning author who lives in Kentucky with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Why Seasons Happen
Plants Through the Year
Following the Seasons
Winter to Spring
Spring Fever
Getting Ready
Launching into Life
Spring to Summer
The Busy Season
Summer School
After the Rains
Summer to Fall
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds
Fighting for Females
Time to Go
Fall to Winter
Winter Ahead
Coping with Extremes




The annual cycle of the seasons brings a certain degree of order to the lives of plants and animals. In spring, the lengthening of the days and rising temperatures tell animals to find a partner, mate and prepare for the arrival of their young. In this season many plants germinate and grow quickly, while others burst into bud and flower. Through the summer, many animal parents are fully occupied raising their young - feeding them and teaching them how to take care of themselves. By fall, most of the spring babies are independent, but the new season, with its warning of impending winter, brings a whole new set of activities, including eating well to build up reserves of fat and stockpiling food for the cold months ahead. Some animals begin an annual migration at this time, usually moving to warmer parts, while others evade the harshness of the winter by settling down in a burrow or hollow trunk to sleep through the cold months when food is scarce. In fall, deciduous trees burst into a final flare of color before shedding their leaves. Many other plants release seeds, often in the form of fruit or cones, which are dispersed by animals or the wind, ready to begin the cycle all over again the following spring.

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