Face to Face with Leopards

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You’re crouched in the African brush, camera at the ready. You’re waiting on one of nature’s loners. It’s dark. It’s scary. Then silently, he appears; the ever-elusive leopard. You have seconds to capture on film this wonder of the wild, with its exotic spotted fur, so prized by hunters. National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert take you closer to the mystery of the magnificent leopard and make a passionate plea to young readers to help secure a ...
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Overview

You’re crouched in the African brush, camera at the ready. You’re waiting on one of nature’s loners. It’s dark. It’s scary. Then silently, he appears; the ever-elusive leopard. You have seconds to capture on film this wonder of the wild, with its exotic spotted fur, so prized by hunters. National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert take you closer to the mystery of the magnificent leopard and make a passionate plea to young readers to help secure a future for these feline treasures.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Imagine hearing a leopard hiss while circling your jeep with you inside, and her cub choosing the jeep as her favorite refuge from the sun. Those experiences and more were part of these photographer-researchers' stay in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. They first saw the cub when she was only eight days old. In the ensuing weeks and months, they followed her and her mother through the area, naming her Legadema (lightning or light from above) after getting caught a storm with her. As the animals became more comfortable with the researchers, they allowed the humans close proximity as the mother cared for her young cub, taught her to hunt and be safe, and allowed her to play to grow in strength. In spite of the mother leopard's and especially Legadema's comfort with their closeness, the Jouberts were careful not to get too close and to discourage Legadema's attempts to join them in the jeep. The first person narrative and the sharp, colorful photographs give the reader a "you are there" experience. The four brief chapters and occasional sidebars are filled with information about the species' habits, habitats, similarities and differences with other big cats, and issues leading to their possible extinction. Even the back matter is well done, with Fast Facts, Glossary, Index, and sections describing how readers can contribute to wildlife conservation efforts and how readers can hone observation skills in their own neighborhoods. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—The exquisite photos and firsthand information provide an in-depth and personal look into the lives of these animals. Readers are able to see and understand the needs and challenges facing them, both in the wild and with human encroachment of their territory. In Leopards, the authors tell the story of a cub that they met when she was only eight days old. They became "almost" friends with Legadema (whose name means "light from above," or "lightning") and watched her grow into a beautiful and powerful adult. The book contains a wealth of information about the species, comparisons to other types of cats, their habitats, feeding habits, and interaction with other animals. Penguins offers the same level of expertise in the factual specifics, but the authors focus on several general populations of penguins instead of a relationship with one or more animals. Both books provide conservation messages and suggestions for readers to get involved in habitat preservation, support, and funding for various wildlife organizations. Excellent selections.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426306365
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Series: Face to Face with Animals
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 668,093
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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