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Science and nature books for fourth graders

Whether your child gets his or her thrills from learning about creatures that live under extreme conditions or our flawed food system, these books will appeal to animal lovers and amateur environmentalists alike. Several of these titles provide helpful tips and messages of hope to call kids to action.

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Quest for the Tree Kangaroo

Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea
by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop
Houghton Mifflin (2009 reprint), $8.99

The author and photographer accompanied scientist Lisa Dabek and her team on a trek through the remote forests of Papua New Guinea in search of the elusive Matschie's tree kangaroo. Little is known about this animal that looks like a bear, has a pocket like a kangaroo, and lives in trees. The book is filled with wonderful photographs of tree kangaroos, their lush habitat, and other exotic plants and animals. Background information on Dabek — whose family and friends found her interest in animals strange when she was growing up and who overcame asthma — may be of special interest to aspiring naturalists and biologists.