This book was purchased for our elementary school's "The Cheetah - The Y.E.S. Mascot" shelf and has won the hearts of students and staff. It has all the great elements of children's books at their best - art gallery quality drawings, a warm touching story of a mother cheetah keeping her cubs safe while she is gone hunting, and factual information presented in an simple,understandable format. The factual information on the cheetah is incorporated into the story line with skill, making it a very readable source that our reluctant readers can use as a resource in their current research papers on cheetahs. It educates and entrances both child and adult readers alike.
We borrowed this book from the library and had to have it for our own collection. The story communicates values that we want to instill in our children. With charming illustrations , you are drawn into a day in the lives of four cheeta cubs,left alone by their mother as she hunts. Our four year old listens and watches with wide -eyed interest as the cubs meet some of the animals who share the savannah.
I have had the pleasure of some of Ms. Heatwole's art hanging on my walls, as she is a local artist here, and has some of her beautiful prints for sale at the art center downtown. My daughter was lucky enough to get a signed copy of this book a few years ago. Along with the wonderful story, the artwork is breathtaking. My children often flip through the colorful pages just to look at the pictures. Fantastic book!