Children's LiteratureA newly independent, two-year-old snow leopard begins to hunt on her own. She has watched her mother hunting many times and hungers for the blue sheep, but her hunting ability is not yet up to the task. She manages to nab a mountain goat that strays from its flock, but is chased off by the angry shepherd before she is able to enjoy her meal. Later, she settles for the easier task of hunting small marmots. By this time next year, she will be more ready for the blue sheep. Ann Whitehead Nagda's latest addition to the "Wild Habitats" series provides a top-down view of the Himalayan food chain. The accompanying map and note about the Hemis National Park shares good background information with curious readers. The glossary provides visual data about the many creatures shown in the book. The book is perhaps most noteworthy for its realism. All of Soundprints' books are reviewed for accuracy by environmental experts. 2000, Soundprints, $19.95 and $5.95. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Heidi Green
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 2-Readers follow an animal through its waking time, seeing the flora and fauna that are part of its habitat and watching its daily activity until it goes to sleep. In Koala, children are introduced to a joey as he makes his first, tentative forays away from his mother. In Nagda's book, a two-year-old snow leopard has recently left her mother and searches for food. Handsome realistic illustrations share equal prominence with the texts and help readers visualize the ecosystem about which they are reading. A double-page foldout spread at the end of each book identifies the plants and animals that have been introduced. Both authors write clearly and the "day in the life of" pattern makes the narratives enjoyable as well as informative. McKinnon uses a colorful palette in his vivid illustrations of the eucalyptus forest and its denizens. Kratter employs earth tones and subdued colors in his pictures of the Himalayan mountainside. His art makes it easy to see how the snow leopard's coat provides camouflage. While there is no dearth of material about animal habitats, these titles will be welcomed as solid additions to science collections.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Ann Nagda's World Above The Clouds: A Story Of A Himalayan Ecosystem is superbly illustrated by the artistry of Paul Kratter and specifically written for young readers grades 1 to 4. The latest in Soundprint's outstanding "Wild Habitat" series, World Above The Clouds is as entertaining as it is informative in describing the wildlife of the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayan mountains in northern India. A snow leopard has recently left her mother to hunt and fend for herself in this stark and beautiful landscape. She must contend with a red fox, a bearded vulture, and nearby villagers for her meals. Then there are the threatening wolves! This memorable storybook text accurately reflects the environment and ecosystem of the animals that live in the majestic Himalayas quite literally above the clouds!
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