Felina the Florida panther loved growing up in her forest home, until the forest starts to shrink! Trees begin to disappear, and Felina doesn’t understand the new busy highway in the neighborhood. Other animals are in danger, too. Will Felina find a way to survive as humans threaten to ruin her home? Environmental science writer Loran Wlodarski gives children a look into deforestation and endangered animals in Felina’s New Home: A Florida Panther Story, complemented by the detailed, emotive illustrations of Lew Clayton. Learn whether the animals in Felina’s forest adapt to the new human presence and what children can do to keep wild animals safe, happy, and healthy.
|Series:||Felina's New Home: A Florida Panther Story , #1|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|Lexile:||AD810L (what's this?)|
|File size:||21 MB|
|Note:||This product may take a few minutes to download.|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Lew Clayton (Felina’s New Home) has worked as an illustrator for 20 years. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Brigham Young University, and he is a Graphic Designer in the Media Industry. He is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. His medium of choice is Prismacolor colored pencil, and his favorite subject matters are people and animals. He has two previously published books: The Adventures of Willy B and Archie's Christmas Tale. Felina’s New Home is his first picture book with Sylvan Dell Publishing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How would you feel if you woke up one morning and your home was gone? Felina is a Florida panther, but while she was growing, it seemed that her forest home was shrinking. The trees under which she sleeps and in which her friends the red-cockaded woodpeckers rest have vanished. When she travels down a dirt path, there is now a road that blocks her way and that of her friend the gopher tortoise. Seeking a safer place to rest, she finds that people's noises scare her and her friend the wood stork. Then she cuts her paw on the edge of a sharp soda can, learning that people's trash can harm her and her friend the American crocodile. She finally finds some deer to hunt, but people are feeding them, and they are too near human homes, so she agrees with her friend the Florida manatee that for people to feed wild animals is not really good. Where can Felina go? And what will happen to her? Will she find a home? Author Loran Wlodarski, whose If a Dolphin Were a Fish also published by Sylvan Dell was an award winner, is an environmental science writer. Each of the animals mentioned in the book, and illustrated with the soft, life-like drawings by Lew Clayton, is endangered or threatened. The book will give children a look into the problem of deforestation and help them to understand what they can do to keep wild animals safe, happy, and healthy. The "For Creative Minds" section, which may be photocopied by the owner of the book for personal use or by educators using copies in classroom settings, has further information on Florida panthers and other endangered and threatened animals, as well as an interactive matching exercise. Other cross-curricular teaching activities, interactive quizzes, and more are available online at Sylvan Dell's website. Youngsters love reading about animals, and they are sure to enjoy Felina's New Home.
Young Felina, the Florida panther, ".was growing, but it seemed her forest was shrinking!" What would the panther do? Young readers will learn about Felina's plight in the new book, Felina's New Home. Felina has grown up in a home that has been invaded by humans. Everywhere she goes, she finds humans or destructive signs that they have been around. From chopped down trees, to a new road and garbage littered along the bay, people have made a mess of Felina's habitat. As the young panther discovers each new transgression, a different animal tells the panther how they have been affected by the destruction. Eventually, Felina is tranquilized, brought to a reserve, rehabilitated, and then released into a new, safer environment. The story has a happy ending, "At long last Felina had found her home; and she was very, very happy." While Felina's New Home presents a very important topic, the destruction of natural habitats, it tends to get a bit bogged down in its message. With the exception of the last few pages, it is a rather sad tale. For example, Felina cuts her paw on a soda can and then meets a crocodile who tells the panther, "The garbage people throw away can harm all types of animals, especially if they get tangled up in it...Plus, the fish I hunt can get sick when they live in polluted water. When I eat sick fish, I feel sick too. Now I don't know what to do." Despite these minor quibbles, the message is important, alerting children to the problems and measures they can take to help wild animals. Felina's New Home is nicely illustrated with colored pencils. The animals are quite realistic and children should enjoy all the lovely pictures of the panther and her woodland friends. At the back of the book are several instructional pages with facts about many endangered and threatened species. Quill says: A beautiful panther teaches children about the plight of endangered animals within the pages of Felina's New Home.