Children's Literature - Meredith KigerAn "Early Bird Nature Book," Cougars describes this large cat species which often has other nicknames in the various parts of its habitat within the United States. It's habits, habitat, and prey are some of the subjects thoroughly discussed in this well-written resource book. Lovely photographs of the cougar in action as well as maps, a glossary and an emphasis on new vocabulary are included. A section of tips for adults on book sharing is a nice addition.
Children's Literature - Betsy BarnettAn exceptional nonfiction offering with well-captioned photographs of many subspecies of cougars. The easy-to-read text explains that we give the cougar different names depending on where in the country the big cat lives. The reader also learns about the habitat, hunting habits, and parenting aspects of the cougar. Finally, although somewhat critical, the author explains the problems concerning human and cougar interactions such as the loss of livestock, loss of wildlife refuge, and the fact that cougars, or panthers as they are known in southern Florida, have been placed on the endangered list. An excellent resource about one of the largest big cats in the Western Hemisphere. Part of the "Nature Watch Books" series.
School Library JournalGr 1-4These strong series entries have clean, simple texts and provide lots of opportunities for interaction between adults and children. Stone begins each title with a clear, attractive map that shows the animals' habitats in North America, and with a list of words (later identified in the brief glossary) for readers to look for and to figure out from context. The full-color photographs are informative and crisp (especially in Cougars); captions are relevant and occasionally pose questions that are then answered in the texts. The books cover the basics about cougars and swans, setting them in the context of their animal families and in the world, describing their physical characteristics, habitats, and lifestyles, and pointing out the ways in which they interact with humans. The "Note to Adults" at the end offers interesting activities for extending the reading experience. Excellent additions to natural history collections.Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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