Gr 3–5—From paws to antlers, big is the operative word in this highly visual series. Each animal (adult and young) is sized by height, weight, and how fast it can run. The text goes on to examine diet, social behaviors, and reproduction. The impact of human interference on the lifestyle and populations of each animal is explained in a simple, direct way. Readers can decide if they are moved or unmoved by this information, although the importance of obeying hunting and conservation laws is strongly underlined. The photos are scenic and correspond to the text. Vocabulary words are bolded throughout. A "Signs" section describes how to identify if the topic animal was recently in the area, a valuable addition for students who might live closer than they think to these great big creatures. VERDICT These familiar animals are favorites for many readers, and these selections will update collections nicely.