From School Library Journal
Grade 3–5—Cougars, polar bears, lions, cheetahs, tigers, grizzly bears, and killer whales are nature's threatened giants. Each one gets its due in this important book. Hirschi's approach is gentle and engaging, but the urgency of his message is not lost—these animals need human help. Most are threatened by loss of their habitats. Indeed, more tigers now live in captivity than in their natural world. The text is clear and easy to follow, and the problems are balanced with hope. The prime minister of India is encouraging greater protection for tigers. Recent findings indicate that killer whales have learned to share food with one another. A bit about each animal's lifestyle is also included. Mangelsen's crisp color photographs are beautifully composed and heart-grabbing. There are close-ups of lions and bears, and action shots. A cheetah chases its prey. A killer whale leaps out of the sea. Finally, Hirschi offers a page on how to help these large beasts; readers are directed to Web sites for each animal. This book about a timely topic is a first purchase.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
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In this attractive, wide-format book, Hirschi discusses seven large predators and why they are currently endangered. The cougar, polar bear, lion, cheetah, tiger, grizzly bear, and killer whale are introduced, typically in four-page sections. About half the space is devoted to excellent color photos, which show up well on the heavy, glossy pages. Hirshi's informative text introduces the animals and discusses how they live, what they need to thrive, and what elements are endangering them at present. These elements include the loss of undeveloped riverbank habitats for cougars, the increased melting of Arctic ice for polar bears, the poaching of tigers, and the presence of PCBs and other chemicals in the food chains of killer whales. The book concludes with a discussion of how children can help large predators survive and a list of Web sites, organized by animal. A handsome volume. --Booklist
The plight of seven large mammal predators is the subject of this new title by noted author Ron Hirschi. This book is well written from an environmentalist's point of view. The dangers to the large predators are identified as well as the impacts these dangers pose to the individual species. Human beings are directly or indirectly the cause behind all the dangers and loss of habitat. For example, the polar bear is losing its habitat to global warming. This title urges readers to recognize the interconnected nature of all life on the planet and to educate themselves to the dangers facing wildlife. The author pleads for young people to join environmental groups and to engage in peaceful activities that will help save our planet. An environmental organization with its Web address is listed for each of the seven predators described in the text. This book is handsomely illustrated with first-rate color photography and some impressive close-ups. The table of contents and index increase the book's usefulness. Scientific terms are defined in the text the first time they are used. --Library Media Connection