If asked to define a forest, readers might say, "It has a lot of trees." But many places have a lot of trees. So, what makes a forest a forest? Readers discover that a forest is unlike any other biome on Earth. And a temperate forest is even more specific. Readers learn the many life cycles found within a forest and how the energy pyramid explains the numbers of forest plants and animals. In addition, readers learn by examining how forces usually considered destructive work to help forests survive.