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Lions, Tigers, and Bears: Why Are Big Predators So Rare?

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A realistic—and hopeful—look at earth's great predators, and the challenges they face. Large, fierce, and often dangerous predators might seem the best survivors, so why are they among the most threatened by human activity? They have superior strenght, great speed, and high levels of intelligence. If they are so well equipped, why are the among the rarest of animals? To answer these questions, Ron Hirschi and Thomas Mangelsen introduce young readers to some of the earth's most spectacular predators: cougar,...
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A realistic—and hopeful—look at earth's great predators, and the challenges they face. Large, fierce, and often dangerous predators might seem the best survivors, so why are they among the most threatened by human activity? They have superior strenght, great speed, and high levels of intelligence. If they are so well equipped, why are the among the rarest of animals? To answer these questions, Ron Hirschi and Thomas Mangelsen introduce young readers to some of the earth's most spectacular predators: cougar, polar bear, lion, cheetah, tiger, grizzly bear, and killer whale. With lively and informative text, accompanied by breathtaking photographs, Lions, Tigers, and Bears examines the animals in the past and present, and speculates on their future.
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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Hirschi does not pull any punches in this book. Humans have made the big predators rare. They have moved into the mountains, as they have an increased ability to reach remote locations and yet make contact with work and family through such marvels as the Internet. Vast areas of the world are being farmed to sustain an ever growing population in parts of Asia and South America. What is surprising is how quickly these changes are taking place and if steps are not soon taken, there will be no cougars or bears in the mountains of the northwestern United States, polar bears in the Arctic, lions or cheetahs in Africa, or tigers in India or Russia. In spite of the title, the text begins with a discussion about endangered killer whales and ends with them. This book, like the one by Rachel Carson that he mentions on the opening page, is a call to action. One person can make a difference and kids can make a difference. As they learn about the problems of pollution they can take steps to help keep waters healthy and become even more proactive by joining local environmental groups. Without actions today, these animals described on the pages of Hirschi's book may not be alive for the next generation to marvel at.
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Gr 3-5
Cougars, polar bears, lions, cheetahs, tigers, grizzly bears, and killer whales are nature's threatened giants. Each one gets its due in this important book. Hirschi's approach is gentle and engaging, but the urgency of his message is not lost-these animals need human help. Most are threatened by loss of their habitats. Indeed, more tigers now live in captivity than in their natural world. The text is clear and easy to follow, and the problems are balanced with hope. The prime minister of India is encouraging greater protection for tigers. Recent findings indicate that killer whales have learned to share food with one another. A bit about each animal's lifestyle is also included. Mangelsen's crisp color photographs are beautifully composed and heart-grabbing. There are close-ups of lions and bears, and action shots. A cheetah chases its prey. A killer whale leaps out of the sea. Finally, Hirschi offers a page on how to help these large beasts; readers are directed to Web sites for each animal. This book about a timely topic is a first purchase.
—Anne Chapman CallaghanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590784358
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Ron Hirschi is the author of more than fifty books for young readers, including When Night Comes and When Morning Comes, both of which feature photographs by Tom Mangelsen. Hirschi and his wife live on a small island within the shadow of the Olympic Mountaings of Washington State.

Thomas D. Mangelson has dedicated his career to the appreciation and protection of the world's wildlife. His photos have been published in numerous nature magazines, including Audubon and National Geographic. He lives in Jackson, Wyoming.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Cougar     9
Polar Bear     12
Lion     17
Cheetah     20
Tiger     25
Grizzly Bear     28
Killer Whale     32
Index     40
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