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Cat nap
Potter, Keith R.
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San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 1999.
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43 pages ; 25 cm
Discusses and compares the habitats and behavior of three of the big cats: cheetahs, lions, and tigers
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Hamburg Library QL737.C23 P68 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Miss Cheetah, Edgar the Blue-Toed Tiger, and Ryan Lion team up to take young readers on an up-close-and-personal safari. Join these not-so-ferocious felines as they follow alongside their real-life relatives, and give readers an engaging and humorous introduction to the big cats and their habitats. 1999 Parents Choice Award Parent Council award Hungry Mind Review

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Gr 2-4-A breezy introduction to cheetahs, lions, and Bengal tigers set in the animals' natural domains. Potter and Leo have superimposed a gimmicky humorous scheme on an otherwise straightforward presentation of text and photographs. Three computer-enhanced cartoon animals-Edgar, the Blue-Toed Tiger; Ryan Lion; and Miss Cheetah-are laid onto every scene and add their short quips in dialogue balloons. The informative text has an upbeat zing. "Cheetahs are carnivores, which means that like all cats they eat meat. (Freshly killed, still-on-the-bone, red, raw meat!)" The discussion touches on each animal's size, coloration, social behavior, hunting and eating, care of its young, and communication. Blocks of text in black or white print are laid over the double-page full-bleed photographs. Small, black inset blocks add further details. The photographs vary in quality, though the cartoon figures-somtimes in gold and orange tones and other times as dark silhouettes-dominate the foreground or distract the eye. At the outset, one of the interlopers wonders whether "...wild cats act anything like the little fluffy ones humans have at home." That point gets only a brief occasional nod. Readers will find out much more in Hope Ryden's Your Cat's Wild Cousins (Dutton, 1992) or in the many other titles available about big cats. Still, this is an interesting and informative offering that has the cluttered look of a children's magazine article.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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