Caring for Cheetahs

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Author Rosanna Hansen travels to Namibia, Africa, to help cheetahs, one of the world's endangered species. She helps save a cheetah cub from a life-threatening injury. She pets a thoroughly tame cheetah. She sets up a cheetah race. (Cheetahs love to run.) And she meets many cheetahs that are not so tame. Humans are taking over cheetah habitat, so the world's fastest runners are running out of space and hanging on in low numbers. People are working to save them one by one through organizations like the Cheetah ...
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Author Rosanna Hansen travels to Namibia, Africa, to help cheetahs, one of the world's endangered species. She helps save a cheetah cub from a life-threatening injury. She pets a thoroughly tame cheetah. She sets up a cheetah race. (Cheetahs love to run.) And she meets many cheetahs that are not so tame. Humans are taking over cheetah habitat, so the world's fastest runners are running out of space and hanging on in low numbers. People are working to save them one by one through organizations like the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), which runs the reserve the author visits. Young readers will revel in this up-close perspective on the magnificent cheetah.
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"Like the best conservation stories, this beautiful photo-essay explores the animal-human connection and the urgency of the work to save the fastest land animals on earth. . . . Fans of books by Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey will identify with Laurie Marker, founder of the CCF, where science and research combine with tough love." --Booklist

"Beautifully designed. . . . This should turn not only cheetah fans but animal lovers of all sorts into budding advocates." --Kirkus Reviews

"While there are many other books about cheetahs, this is the only one about the CCF in action." --School Library Journal

"[T]he multitude of pictures show a magnificent cast of highly photogenic cats that will . . . absorb reader attention." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Book

Children's Literature - Jamaica Johnson Conner
Did you know that the wild and speedy cheetah can be tamed? According to Rosanna Hansen, "cheetahs are much less aggressive than other big cats such as lions, tigers, and leopards." Hansen learned about cheetahs through her adventure in Africa with the organization known as the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). She shares her lessons in this title, which explains the efforts the CCF makes to rescue cheetahs. Hansen discusses the habitat, diet, and behaviors of these fast felines. The photographs and stories of individual cheetahs create a meaningful learning experience for the reader. The reading level is appropriate for seventh grade students and older. Students will appreciate the explanations of rescue missions, cheetah races, and the wealth of information presented about these cats. Science teachers will enjoy the resources included in the text, such as the glossary, the lists of facts throughout the piece, and the list of online sources which provide additional information. In addition, the explanations of the CCF's efforts to save the cheetah from remaining endangered send a positive message to students about unique ways to care for the environment and the creatures who inhabit it.
School Library Journal

Gr 3–5
Meet Chewbaaka, an ambassador for the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. He is the subject of this book and has charmed many visitors, school groups, and area farmers. Chewbaaka is a rescued cheetah, raised with humans, and has a powerful purr. However, it is Laurie Marker, Time magazine's Hero of the Planet, who is responsible for his success story. Her research, PR work, and guidance have changed the cheetah's survival rates. In addition to bits of information about the animal's eating habits, size, and lifespan, Hansen, who worked for the CCF, also outlines the organization's methodology, care, and programming. Readers go along with Dr. Marker to rescue a baby cheetah, walk into the veterinary surgery to see a life saved, and observe a successful cheetah release. Well-conceived placement of the text and photographs with CCF's trademark side-strip of cheetah fur make the pages pop, but part of the report feels like "what Hansen did on her summer vacation" because of the short, choppy sentences. Overall, though, this is an effective photo journal of an African adventure and a CCF publicity piece outlining its work. It shows progress against ignorance and destruction as area farmers are educated to the real versus perceived threats to the cheetah and are given specially trained dogs to protect their goats. While there are many other books about cheetahs, this is the only one about the CCF in action.
—Nancy CallCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590788257
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,447,693
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Rosanna Hansen is the author of more than fifteen children's books. Before she turned to writing full time, she worked in children's book as a publisher and editor in chief at such companies as Weekly Reader, Reader's Digest Children's Books, and Groilier. She lives in Tuckahoe, New York
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