Children's LiteraturePick up this fact-filled book and follow the tale of albino animals who exist in a world of color. Beginning with the cover-page photo of the albino mouse to Snowflake the albino gorilla featured on the back cover, this book presents a well-told tale of a path less traveled. Hall's introduction offers an excellent explanation about how albinism occurs, making it easy for readers to grasp the concept. Seven different groupings of animals are covered. Groupings include reptiles and amphibians as well as fish and shellfish. The accompanying photographs are excellent. Close-ups of a stingray and hummingbird, both albinos, are just a few of the creatures that will warrant a second look. Informative sidebars are found on many pages. The section on "The Rarest of the Rare" informs the readers as to why they may never be seen by humans. The author rounds out her book with a section on humans, a topic that warrants a book of its own. The pictures will be enjoyed by even elementary aged children, but the best target age is 10 and up. Science and biology teachers will gain student attention when they use this book in the classroom. This book is a Junior Library Guild Selection. 2004, Darby Creek Publishing, Ages 10 to 14.
Nancy Garhan Attebury