My Life in the Wild: Cheetah

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Overview

The leading media brand for all things animal, this is an exciting and innovative book program that continues to deliver engaging, high-quality information about the animal kingdom. Launched in 1997, Animal Planet today has a unique global reach. It is broadcast in more than 96 million US households and 165 other countries, in 24 languages.

 

An illustrated and evocative narrative weaves a story around the life cycle of a young animal as it grows into an adult.  Stunning illustrations capture the essence of an animal's character, behavior, distinctive features, and habitat. Excellent for reading aloud and for budding young readers to read alone.

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Editorial Reviews

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School Library Journal

Personal in their stories, the texts present a lively look at the creatures from birth to parenthood. Each book is chock-full of large, realistic illustrations that keep pace with the simple narratives.. . . Focusing on popular animals, these eye-catching and approachable volumes will appeal to children reading on their own, to classroom teachers, and to homeschoolers.

Tulsa Book Review

The illustrations that accompany the text are so realistic they almost seem like photographs. . . . With careful choices of how they show the hunt, the book also manages to be realistic about hunting without drifting into blood and gore. The text is short and simple, and because it's told in the first person brings a personal feeling to the story. . . .

I'm sure many teachers will look forward to collecting this entire series.

Wrapped in Foil Blog

High-quality book . . . and you can feel the caliber starting with [it's] well-crafted covers. . . . Written for the beginning readers, with large illustrations full of color and texture. This book would be great to accompany a trip to the zoo or a unit on life cycles.

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
A cheetah tells the story of its life in this beautifully illustrated nonfiction book. The cheetah begins with its life as a newborn, relating how it drinks its mother's milk even though it can't see her yet. The mother goes hunting as the cheetah waits with its brothers in their nest. The cheetah tells how it plays and chases small animals until the time arrives for the first actual hunt. They chase wildebeests and eventually kill a gazelle. As it becomes full grown, the cheetah leaves its family and goes looking for its own hunting ground. Several pages of "Did You Know?" contain paragraphs of additional information such as the fact that cheetahs usually give birth to three to five cubs and that cheetahs make many different sounds. Each paragraph has an accompanying illustration. A "Meet the Cat Family" section has pictures and names of different kinds of cats. There are eight questions in a quiz at the bottom of the pages, and the answers are written upside-down. A chart lists statistics with a map showing where the cheetahs live. A brief glossary is included. The story does include the natural but violent portrayal of the catching of the gazelle, but the writing is straightforward and the illustrations are appropriately done. Young readers should be able to read the simple text independently, and adults could use the additional factual material to extend the learning experience. The text is part of the "My Life in the Wild" series by Animal Planet and is an excellent source for science curriculum. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753467251
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Series: Animal Planet Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Phil Whitfield is a lecturer in zoology, biology, and parasitology at King's College, University of London. He is also an author and consultant, producing books on science, technology, and especially the life sciences. His past works have been shortlisted for the Rhone-Poulence Prize for sceince writing. He lives in London, UK.

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