From School Library Journal
Grade 5-7-In this attractive, informative series entry, Markle investigates the physical characteristics that make the big cats such efficient predators. From descriptions of retractable claws (except for cheetahs) to spiky tongues, the clearly written text invites readers to consider the "cat-ness" of these large felines, and to understand their unique physiology. Photos of a dissected cat show muscular development and the placement of internal organs. Other large, color pictures depict a variety of big cats busy about their daily routines (and serve to remind viewers that cats are not vegetarians). A glossary/index of words highlighted in the text is included, as are some questions, which will send readers back to the body of the book to take a second look. If you already own Seymour Simon's handsome Big Cats (HarperCollins, 1991), you may feel you do not need Markle's title. Think again.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Gr. 2-4. A fascinating look at big cats is the latest entry in the superb Outside and Inside series. Exceptional full-color photographs, such as the close-up of the tiger on the cover, will draw youngsters to the book, and Markle's engaging commentary will keep them turning the pages. The main focus is on the distinct characteristics that make cats such great hunters, but there is also information on grooming and mating habits, caring for offspring, and respiration and digestion. The text is too difficult for most beginning readers to handle independently, but the many interactive elements make the book a great choice for sharing with younger children. Questions such as "See how this cougar's ears are aimed in two different directions?" help kids stay tuned in, while directives such as "Bend your leg and squeeze your calf" actively involve them in learning. An ending section offers more interactive opportunities with six "Looking Back" activities that challenge readers to look for specific things they may have missed the first time around. A combined glossary and index is appended. Lauren PetersonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved