Gr 5-8-These titles combine excellent-quality photography with solid factual material and a myth or folktale to round out the offerings. The texts are advanced and would only be interesting to middle schoolers, but the exquisite photography appeals to all ages. While the information is well researched and well written, it takes perseverance to read through it and glean the needed information. In Pandas, Gish describes how the mother panda abandons her young as soon as she is pregnant again and the cub is left to establish its own home in the forest. The maps show where pandas may be found, describes their habitat, and what they eat. A tale of "The Pandas Markings" is included. Komodo Dragons and Rhinoceroses follow the same format. Additional purchases.-Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
At first glance, these books appear to be for a young audience. However, by page 10, they get a lot meatier in tone and content. Each one offers a population map and an array of interesting facts. Photography is large and beautiful-a real draw.