Jaguarundi

Jaguarundi

by Virginia Hamilton, Floyd Cooper
     
 

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Reissued in a stunning, accessible package, Jaguarundi now includes all-new cover art, a full-color author photo, author signature, and a personal letter to the reader. "This compelling picture book is an animal fantasy rooted in the physical reality."--Booklist.  See more details below

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Reissued in a stunning, accessible package, Jaguarundi now includes all-new cover art, a full-color author photo, author signature, and a personal letter to the reader. "This compelling picture book is an animal fantasy rooted in the physical reality."--Booklist.

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Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
My difficulties with this book stem, I think, from the fact that I don't know what it is supposed to be. Is it a folktale explaining how animals adapt to their environments, or how jaguarundis came to live in desert climates? Is it a metaphor for the search for freedom that has motivated countless groups of people to leave the safety of their homeland for the possibility of better times and situations? Is it an environmental plea? I don't know the answer to those questions, but I do know that the book does not succeed on all these levels simultaneously. It is difficult to connect with the characters and their problems-again perhaps because I had trouble simply identifying the basic problem. Also, the time lapse seemed confusing. An animal species adapted to life in the rainforest would need more time than Jaguarundi seems to have spent on his journey to be able to survive in a desert habitat. Stunning artwork and the illustrated animal glossary are definitely the bright spots here.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-An original fantasy that ``introduces young readers to a variety of real rain forest animals.'' As the ecosystem is gradually being tamed by humans who clear the land to build homes, ranches, and farms, Rundi Jaguarundi decides to move north where the great Rio Bravo flows and the forest canopy is still said to exist. He invites Coatimundia and other animals to accompany him. Big Brown Bat decides to stay, advising the others to learn to adapt, because there will always be danger, always be change. Jaguar announces he will not give up his hunting ground-it's him or them. Only Coatimundi decides to go with his friend. When they reach the Rio Bravo, it, too, has been claimed by man, so they continue on separately. Eventually Rundi settles down to raise a family. A picture glossary lists and defines the common animals found in Central and South America. Cooper's paintings convey the misty heat of the tropical habitat. The animals are realistically depicted, but the story and pictures do take liberties with the animal groupings-prey and predator stand together. The strength of this book is in its smooth presentation of cogent reasons for preserving the rain forest and its dwellers. A valuable curriculum item, which will fill many needs.-Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590473675
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.26(d)
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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