Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Habitats: Mountains

Part of About Habitats

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of mountains and showcases their striking beauty and remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe.

In this addition to the About Habitats series, award-winning author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what mountains are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. John Sill’s detailed, full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of mountain landscapes―from the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas to the forested slopes of the Appalachians. A glossary and afterword provide further fascinating details about mountains to inspire readers to learn more.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-469-3
Publication Date: 3/1/2009
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-731-1
Publication Date: 3/1/2014
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.9
F&P: GRL J, Gr 1, Genre I
Lexile: NC780L
Themes: Mountains Animals, Mountains Characteristics, Mountains Geography, Mountains Plant Life
BISAC 1: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 2: JNF051180 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Geography
BISAC 3: JNF003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General


“A beautiful and informative selection.” ―School Library Journal

“A solid introduction sure to help readers develop an appreciation for the scope and unique beauty of the mountains and mountain ranges that grace our planet.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Young naturalists will love these books.” ―The Carroll News

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“Another fabulous collaboration from this gifted husband-wife team.” ―The Virginian-Pilot

“The young age 4 to 7 child who has the pleasure to read and study this book will enjoy the soft colors and simple rendering of accurate illustrations of the various mountain habitats.” ―Chat with Vera

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NSTA Recommends – National Science Teachers Association, 2014

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2010

North Carolina Author Awards (Nominee, AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2009

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.