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About Habitats Rivers and Streams
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Teacher’s Guide

About Habitats: Rivers and Streams

Part of About Habitats

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of rivers and streams and showcases their remarkable diversity using examples of waterways 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 rivers and streams are and explain how various species of animals and plants have adapted to life in or along these waterways. John Sill’s detailed, full-color illustrations 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 fascinating details about rivers and streams to inspire readers to learn more.

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.