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CriticasGr 2-4-Despite the picture-book format and the fictionalized account of a young zebra surviving the first few risky days of life, this book would be best used as a supplement to a science lesson. Its intent is clearly to teach the ecology of the African plains and the zoology of this species. Readers are introduced to a newborn zebra who lives with his mother in the midst of a small herd. At first, the mother and youngster stay by themselves to bond, but they never stray too far from the protection of the herd. As drought sets in, the pack must move to greener pastures. Along the way the zebras contend with many predators, thirst, a river crossing, and a panicked stampede of gnus. After surviving a leopard attack, mother and son find themselves in a new pasture filled with tender green grass. Although the text uses rather difficult vocabulary for the book's intended age group, the story offers just enough action and excitement to hold readers' attention. The stunning zebra illustrations are truly captivating in their graphic appeal. The final page offers an in-depth essay on the species. Recommended for larger collections.
—Maria Otero-Boisvert, "Criticas" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.