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Children's LiteratureThe "Animal Close-up" series gives readers a good look at the cheetah family. It details their running ability, courtship, mating, and child rearing habits. The only member of the feline family without retractable claws, the cheetah can run at speeds of 70 miles per hour for short bursts. They are agile, graceful, and absolutely stunning with their glorious spots. Cheetahs have enemies and must be very careful of larger animals that might steal the meal they have just killed or kill their offspring. Some wildlife areas set aside to protect cheetahs must also be off limits to humans who might killing these cats if they attack domestic livestock. Some animals are held in captivity but births are rare, so their survival in the wild is essential. Books such as this with beautiful photographs will, hopefully, bring a better understanding of these beautiful creatures, including their cousins are also described. A bibliography, Internet sites and an index help the reader who is seeking more information. 2004, Charlesbridge, Ages 5 to 12.