Gr 2-3–Each of these titles focuses on an endangered animal, although status is not the overriding emphasis. Instead, the books’ three chapters reveal the creatures’ habitats, characteristics, diet, and parenting techniques, often providing fun facts that are not found in other similar books. Readers will learn, for example, that grooming helps chimpanzees feel calm, that whales are divided into two groups–those with teeth and those without–and that lions catch their prey only by ambush, not by running. The straightforward presentation of the information and the uncluttered and attractive layout make these books good choices for reports. Color photographs, while not outstanding, are well utilized and complete a solid package. This is a good series for replacing older books or supplementing existing collections.
Gr 3-5-Two attractive titles about big cats. Accompanied by handsome color photos (including many close-up shots and at least one per double-page spread), information boxes, and a global-location map, the readable, brief texts provide some basic data regarding size, habits, diet, mating, and life spans of these creatures. If you already own such standards as Ruth Ashby's Tigers (Atheneum, 1990; o.p.), Lesley DuTemple's Tigers (Lerner, 1996), Caroline Arnold's Lion (Morrow, 1995), Kathy Darling's Lions (Carolrhoda, 2000), or Seymour Simon's Big Cats (HarperCollins, 1991) you may not need these volumes, but they are fresh and eye-catching and will interest animal lovers and report writers.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.