Staying Alive – The story of a Food Chain – is one of those books that my kids come back to time and time again. The book deals with a few animal science concepts but it is done in a very accessible manner so young kids can understand it.
The book is set in the African savannah and starts off by explaining a bit about trees and how they need sunlight and water to grow. It also gives a brief introduction about the African savannah.
Then it moves onto the creatures that would feed off the tree eg caterpillars and what animal would potentially eat the caterpillar. It explains words like carnivore, herbivore, omnivore and the difference between what a Producer is and what a Consumer is.
My kids are totally fine with the concept that predators hunt prey and they are not upset by scenes of animals being hunted but just to mention for other kids there are a few pictures of a zebra being hunted and killed.
Then it continues with how the remains of the zebra attract insects and ultimately end up rotting into the soil which provides minerals for the plants and so the whole food chain begin again
On the whole the pictures are clear and the text does contain a lot of information.
I bought our copy of this book from Amazon here Staying Alive: The Story of a Food Chain (Science Works)