Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft"Polar Animals" is an attractive series designed to bring specific natural history information to early readers and listeners. (Though the publisher claims it addresses "the need to protect the fragile habitat of polar animals," this concept is not pursued.) Each book contains four chapters: a brief definition of the animal, a range map, a survey of distinctive body parts, and descriptions of the animal's characteristic actions. Simple, informative text in large print is presented opposite well-chosen color photographs, sure to get second looks or more. In this title, viewers can observe arctic hares in their pristine winter fur, posing motionless, listening for predators, running on strong legs, and digging for plants through the snow. The slim square books are a handy size for readers on their own, while the eye-catching illustrations are large enough for read-alouds with a small group. Though these Arctic rodents are not the most fascinating of the polar animals, rabbit lovers may want to know more. Two books listed in the bibliography include arctic hares, but Rebecca Johnson's A Walk in the Tundra (Carolrhoda. 2001) guides readers over the frozen ground of this spectacular biome, introducing them to tundra plants and animals, including arctic hares. Check also Polar Bear, Arctic Hare by Eileen Spinelli (Wordsong, 2007), and Cory Hansen's Far North in the Arctic (Paws IV, 2004). A Facthound code proves disappointing; the one web site it produces is meant for college students. More advanced readers can use the table of contents, the glossary, and the index.
Text and photographs introduce the habitat, appearance and behavior of arctic hares.
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