Cathi I. White
Children's LiteratureDid you know that grizzly bears got their name from their fur? The tips of the fur are white or silver, which gives their fur a grizzled look. Other fun facts to learn about the grizzly bear make this book an enjoyable and fascinating book to read. Children will be astonished to learn that grizzlies can weigh more than 800 pounds. This wonderful book also has facts about the food of grizzlies, where they live, where they grow up, and their enemies. Also in the book are stories about myths and legends about the grizzly, Web sites to help the reader know more about the grizzly, and a short quiz to test the reader's knowledge from the book. Wonderful photographs of the bears, their surroundings, and some other wildlife are included to give the reader a more realistic picture of the grizzly. This book is one in the "Amazing Animal" series. Teachers, parents, and children alike will enjoy reading about this great animal of North America. This book is easy to read and understand. It would be an excellent classroom tool. 2004, Weigl Publishers Inc, Ages 6 to 9.
Cathi I. White
School Library JournalGr 1-3–This well-structured if somewhat formulaic series introduces individual endangered animals. The creatures’ habitats, diets, and the threats they face are detailed through a combination of exposition and letterboxes. A “Myth and Legends” segment at the end of each book provides the opportunity to think about how the reality of the animal compares to misconceptions common where they live. For example, Elephants describes how, in Africa, many believe that the animals are lucky, and “When elephants trample crops, some people blame evil spirits instead of the elephants.” Plentiful color photographs and a range map add to the titles, and useful Web sites appear throughout. No further-reading lists are offered, although organizations dedicated to the animals’ welfare are listed as sources of further information. Competent supplements.
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