Editorial Review

Children's Literature (Cherie Haas)

From up close to far away, accompanying photographs help the text to demonstrate just what wildebeests are in this easy to read book. Captioned photos show scenes of herds migrating across an African plain, several close-up portraits of wildebeests’ faces, and even a newborn standing up seconds after its birth. Separate sections are headed by questions, such as ‘What Do Wildebeests Look Like?’ and ‘Why Do Wildebeests Migrate?’ The text gives a general description of the life of wildebeests, from their habitat to their dangerous migrations. The magnificence of the wildebeest herd is not only described well in the text, but it is also shown in the dramatic photographs. This book has a glossary with key words such as extinct, migrate, and predators. There is also an index and a short list of web sites for reference. This title is part of a six-book ‘Naturebooks’ series about animals, which also includes books about elephants, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, and zebras, all written in a similar style.

—Cherie Haas

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