Children's LiteratureThis entry in the "Wild Wild World" series contains an animal overview, interesting facts subcategorized by headings of double-page spreads and many photographs arranged artistically or sequentially to illustrate a concept. Most of the photographs lack captions and surround and face the short paragraphs of text that appear on each page. For instance, a page discussing food shows the various zoo meals for gorillas. While a child does not have to read much text or go far to discover what the photographs portray, by not using captions the series misses the chance to educate children as to how to "read" the photos more deeply or to confirm what they think is being pictured. A short glossary and no index make this an additional purchase for most libraries. But it is one that families could read as an introduction to the topic since the good pictures might lead to research in other more completely realized texts. 2003, Blackbirch Press/Gale Group, Ages 7 to 11.
Susan Hepler, Ph.D.