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Offering fascinating insight into life in the grassland, this book follows a baboon through its day as it sleeps, eats, and moves.

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Offering fascinating insight into life in the grassland, this book follows a baboon through its day as it sleeps, eats, and moves.

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Children's Literature - Denise A. Lockett
This addition to the "A Day in the Life: Grassland Animals" series for young readers introduces the baboon as a large monkey that lives in groups of around fifty members who stay together most of the time. It is an animal that can both climb well and move ably on "all fours." In addition, we learn that there are five basic types of baboon, distinguishable by their hair color. The text traverses the typical day of a baboon, revealing that they are a carnivorous threat to small monkeys, spiders, frogs, and insects. We also learn that after spending much of the morning searching for such delicacies, the baboon rests in the hot midday sun. Perfectly paired photographs illustrate the text, providing pointers for young readers. The section about communication is particularly remarkable, as one photo reveals a baboon showing its teeth as a sign it is ready to fight. Another photo depicts one young baboon leaping onto another; the author notes that during play times, baboons learn how to run, climb, and fight. A later, dramatic photo of a baboon-cheetah stand-off is an engaging parallel to the play of the young baboons. We see now where such play may lead. The baboons' lives are exciting and filled with both fun and jeopardy; they sleep on cliffs and high trees "because animals like lions cannot reach them" there. This text has a section about "communication" that the other books in the series do not offer. Also, the author addresses the more mundane yet significant cultural aspects of the baboon's life, such as cleaning/social grooming, which is revealed to be the "glue" that keeps the colony together. The baboon volume has only one indicator label with an accompanying pointer in the main text; "snout" is appropriately placed on a helpful photo. In general, the photos in this book advance the young reader's understanding. Each image pairs logically with what is being described by the text and, being aesthetically pleasing, helps make the text more engaging and enjoyable. This book has the basically sound, useful locator map of the African continent with red marking where the animal is found, a "Body Map" of the animal, a glossary, and a "Find Out More" reference section. Reviewer: Denise A. Lockett
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Meet the Author

Louise Spilsbury is a very experienced author of nonfiction books for young people. Her writing covers a wide range of topics from animals and science to history and social studies.
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