Gr 3-5-Each book briefly but clearly explains the animal's habitat, physical characteristics, life cycle, diet, and other topics of interest to report writers. Threats to survival and efforts to overcome the obstacles are also addressed. Full-color photos and an occasional diagram add visual interest and reinforce the points made in the texts. Unfortunately, there are no maps to show the location of current populations, a feature that would have been especially helpful in Elephants. Dan Bortolotti's Panda Rescue (Firefly, 2003) and Jane Goodall's The Chimpanzees I Love (Scholastic, 2001) offer more in-depth considerations of conservation efforts related to those animals. However, the Crabtree books provide basic introductions to their respective animals.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.