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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors - Joyce Sidman, Beckie Prange Ubiquitous is probably far more than a two star book to the right child. There's a lot going on here. It explores lots of different life forms (plant as well as animal), some of which younger kids may not even be aware of, and the text for each, while interesting, is more advanced. It's probably at a 4th-6th grade reading level. In addition to descriptive text, the pictures of each life form were also accompanied by a poem. This is a nice touch--if the kids you're dealing with like poetry. My niece and nephew are not big poetry fans, so we didn't even bother reading the poems.

My niece and I got about half way through this book before she lost interest in it (she's 8). While I think this is a book that she would be likely to enjoy when she's older, it's just too... *much* for her right now, I think. She and my nephew did appreciate the pictures, however.