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Children's LiteratureA solemn-looking Komodo dragon stares intently from the cover of this book, peaking one's interest in learning more about this unique and rare creature. Readers will not be disappointed once they open the pages to find many more effective photographs. An attractive overall layout adds to the readability of the book, making it easy to follow the text. Several aspects of Komodo dragons are covered—such as habitat, food, and problems that these reptiles face. Extinction is their major problem, but other issues such as poaching, lack of food, and loss of habitat are contributing factors. But Komodo dragons do have a chance, as readers will learn, thanks to the efforts of park rangers and zoo staff who are working to protect and reproduce them. A glossary, an index, and a list of websites with Komodo dragon information are included. This title is part of the "Earth's Endangered Animal Species" series. 2005, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 7 to 10.
—Cherie Ilg Haas