Children's Literature - Deborah PalgonThe life of a bobcat in its natural habitat, from birth to full maturation, is vividly described in this title which is part of the Lerner "Early Bird Nature" series. A bobcat, fully grown, can be 2 to 4 feet long and can weigh up to 25 pounds, yet it is considered to be a small cat. Its tail, unlike other cats' tails, is short and looks as if someone cut it off or "bobbed" it. These facts and many others are accompanied by realistic photographs of bobcats in the wild. Easy to use with clear and concise text, a glossary of terms and an index, this informative, well-crafted book will engage young children.
School Library JournalGr 1-4Two fine additions to a series that is tops for young readers to share with their caregivers. Bobcats is exceptionally good, written with energy and full of lively, full-color photographs. The place of this small cat in the cat family, comparisons to pet felines, physical attributes, habitat, behavior, hunting skills, and the rearing of the young are all covered in animated narration. Vultures discusses various species and habitats and the niche of these birds in the world, the ways they find and eat their food, and the raising of chicks. A number of photographs are of birds in captivity. Both titles touch on the dangers facing these animals, especially vulturesmany species are already extinct while others are severely endangered. Both books have colorful habitat maps (the map of North America in Vultures shows only the range of animals on this continent though a caption indicates that they "live all over the world" and many of the species in the photographs live on other continents). Also included are useful glossaries, discussion-provoking questions at the opening of each chapter, and notes for adults on sharing books and extending the experience across the curriculum.Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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