First two titles in a new hard/soft series for readers 8-12 about ecosystems in North America. First-person narrative from the author/photographer provides plenty of exciting, true-life anecdotes about his experiences in the wild. Titles focus on interdependency of animals and plants, and how the environment is uniquely suited to different species. Also included is fascinating information on landforms and their ancient development through glaciers, volcanoes, etc. Stellar photography and easy-to-navigate layout make this series perfect for research or entertainment.