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About Habitats Rivers and Streams
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About Habitats: Rivers and Streams

Part of About Habitats

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

An educator favorite for first conversations about waterways and conservation. From Cathryn and John Sill, creators of the award-winning About Habitats and About… series.

“This powerful conservation message is both accessible and lovely.” —Kirkus Reviews

In this addition to the About Habitats series, author and illustrator team Cathryn and John Sill offer an accessible introduction to rivers and streams, their major attributes, the animals and plants that live there, and their remarkable global diversity.

Former educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what rivers and streams are and explain how various species of animals and plants have adapted to life in or along these waterways. Noted wildlife illustrator John Sill provides detailed, full-color art to show the characteristics of the world’s different rivers and streams―from the mountain streams of the Alps to the mighty Amazon River in South America. A glossary and afterword provide further details. Great for casual exploration and for early childhood and elementary education units on nature, environment, earth sciences, and ecosystems.

The About Habitats series introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components. Each book in the series provides information about the nature and characteristics of the habitat while the full-page illustrations expand on that information.

Also available by Cathryn and John Sill:
About Habitats: Deserts
About Habitats: Forests
About Habitats: Grasslands
About Habitats: Mountains
About Habitats: Oceans
About Habitats: Polar Regions
About Habitats: Seashores
About Habitats: Wetlands

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-091-4
Publication Date: 8/1/2019
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
F&P: J, Gr 1, Genre I
Lexile: NC870L
Themes: Rivers and Streams, Biomes (Habitats), Waterways, Adaptations, Animals, Diversity, Ecosystems, Environment, Organisms, Plants
BISAC 1: JNF037070 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.)
BISAC 2:  JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 3: JNF051180 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Science


“The watercolors are quietly exquisite… This powerful conservation message is both accessible and lovely.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The book’s design gives equal weight to the words and pictures, which work together very well…. Beautiful in their composition, color, and sense of motion, these paintings portray scenes on six continents, helping viewers visualize common elements of rivers and streams in different habitats worldwide…. Well suited for classroom use, the book provides a handsome introduction to the topic.”—Booklist


North Carolina Author Awards (Nominee, AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) —North Carolina Literary & Historical Association, 2019

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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.