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Children's LiteratureA very basic introduction to baboons with an indicated reading level of 1, this book is suitable for only the youngest school-age children. Information is given about baboons—their family group, habitat and infant care. The entire text consists of only sixteen sentences. And the sentences, such as "Infants drink milk," are not exactly scintillating. The information that, "Female baboons give birth to one baby" is not very clear. Do female baboons have only one baby per lifetime? Do all female baboons give birth? A note on the CIP page for parents and teachers suggests that this is a good book for beginning readers because of the controlled vocabulary and repetition. However, a book can be an easy reader without being boring, which this one leans toward. The photographs are excellent, close up shots of baboons and their young engaged in various activities. If you are in need of a book solely for the pictures, this wouldn't be a bad choice. A glossary, index and suggestions for further reading and websites are included. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 7.