Barder, Gemma. Be a Pet Expert (series of 6). Crabtree, 2021. 32 p. $20.75 each. $124.50 Set of 6. Grades 3-6.
Be a Cat Expert. 978-0-778-78015-1. Be A Dog Expert. 978-0-778-78016-8. Be a Hamster & Guinea Pig Expert. 978-0-778-78017-5. Be a Horse & Pony Expert. 978-0-778-78018-2. Be a Rabbit Expert. 978-0-778-78019-9. Be a Reptile Expert. 978-0-778-78020-5.
These books provide helpful information, facts, and pet care tips for a variety of animals. Many photos, text boxes, and checklists help readers to learn more about the animals and consider them as pets. A flowchart guides readers through yes/no questions to determine what type best suits their personalities. Placing hamsters and guinea pigs in the same book will help readers to differentiate the two. Each book surprises readers with some interesting facts even on ‘well-known’ pets. For instance, no two dogs have the same noseprint; cats cannot taste sweet foods; horses and ponies have the largest eyes of any mammals on land; and rabbits can sleep with their eyes open.
THOUGHTS: These helpful books shed a positive yet truthful light on pets, which will appeal to pet-owners and animal lovers alike.
630s Domesticated Animals, Pets Melissa Scott, Shenango Area SD
Animals Back From the Brink. Crabtree Publishing, 2020. $14.30 ea. $290.50 set of 14. 32p. Grades 3-6.
Bringing Back the American Alligator. 978-1-549-08040-1. Bringing Back the Black-Footed Ferret. 978-1-725-44237-5. Bringing Back the Blue Iguana. 978-1-725-48072-8. Bringing Back the California Condor. 978-1-725-48073-5. Bringing Back the Giant Panda. 978-1-549-08041-8. Bringing Back the Gray Wolf. 978-1-549-08042-5. Bringing Back the Grizzly Bear. 978-1-549-08043-2. Bringing Back the Humpback Whale. 978-1-549-08044-9. Bringing Back the Island Fox. 978-1-725-48074-2. Bringing Back the Lesser Long-Nosed Bat. 978-1-725-44238-2. Bringing Back the Mountain Gorilla. 978-1-725-44239-9. Bringing Back the Snow Leopard. 978-1-725-44240-5. Bringing Back the Southern White Rhino. 978-1-725-48075-9. Bringing Back the Whooping Crane. 978-1-549-08045-6.
Readers will discover endangered species around the world. Each book begins with facts about the featured species including its habitat and an introduction to the dangerous factors contributing to extinction. Each book explains the scientific criteria that is used to figure out the levels of threat to each species, the historical and current threat to each species, and the problems environmental groups have had trying to protect them. Each book concludes with an explanation of future protection efforts and what the reader can do to help. The “Learning More” section of each book provides books and websites for the reader to learn more about the specific species featured.
THOUGHTS: A good supplement to an existing collection of endangered species books and for libraries with patrons interested in this topic.