Editorial Review

A noteworthy review of Safari Animal Families from School Library Journal on April 1, 2024

Cover: A Memory of Elephants

Animal group dynamics are the central topic in this well-organized series. Readers learn how each animal family is structured, including leadership, hierarchies, and the various roles different members play. Details about behaviors, such as hunting, mating, and child rearing are all described within the context of the group. Zebras and wildebeests, for example, work together to avoid predation, while hyenas and cheetahs team up for hunting. Unique characteristics of the featured group, like the warthogs’ use of burrows (A Sounder of Warthogs), are noted in a short chapter. Visuals include multiple photos showing individual animals, young and full-grown, and larger groups, along with a range map and a size comparison diagram. A final chapter notes the importance of each group and current threats to their survival. All animals covered in this series exist in ­Africa, though several are found on other continents as well. VERDICT Well-rounded, useful information about wild animal families.

—Steven Engelfried

Products Reviewed

Title   ATOS Format Qty
A Bask of Crocodiles NEW
A Cackle of Hyenas NEW
A Coalition of Cheetahs NEW
A Confusion of Wildebeests NEW
A Crash of Rhinos NEW
A Dazzle of Zebras NEW
A Memory of Elephants NEW
A Mob of Meerkats NEW
A Pride of Lions NEW
A Sounder of Warthogs NEW
A Tower of Giraffes NEW
A Troop of Gorillas NEW

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