Children's Literature - Cheryl PetersonWhere do brown pelicans live? How do they catch fish? Why do they have such large pouches? These and other questions are answered in simple text accompanied by stunning photographs. Young readers can become experts on brown pelicans, as well as many other animals in this "Pull Ahead" series. This book is a good resources for home or classroom libraries.
School Library JournalK-Gr 2-With a colorful photo on every page accompanied by a sentence or two of text, these nicely designed titles will attract younger readers eager to know about the natural world and, with a range map, a physiological diagram, and a short glossary, will appeal to teachers as well. However, meeting the strictures of formatted configurations can result in misleading oversimplifications. In Flying Pelicans, for example, no mention is made that most birds shown are adults in breeding plumage, nor are the flying juveniles depicted so named, even though one appears on a page discussing adult wingspan. Wading Birds might better be titled Wading Herons, as all but the unidentified woodstork are herons of one sort or another (though many are never identified), and no reference is made to other wading birds, such as cranes, limpkins, stilts, avocets, and the like. These scientific carps aside, the books are pleasant, though somewhat bland.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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