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Prey animals
Aaseng, Nathan.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Lerner Publications Co., [1987]

Physical Description:
47 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm.
Describes ten plant-eating animals who serve as food for predators, such as zebras and jackrabbits.
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Author Notes

Nathan Aaseng grew up in Minnesota and worked as a microbiologist for four years before becoming a writer.

He has written over ninety books for young readers, including biographies, and sports and science books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 2-5. All animals compete for food, water, and space: the winners survive, the losers become extinct. Some animals have been helped in the fierce competition by an unusual twist of nature that gives them an advantage. Working from this unique perspective, Aaseng, in Animal Specialists, describes 10 animals with unusual skills or physical features: the world-class-commuter award goes to the arctic tern who flies round trip from the North Pole to the South Pole every year. Among the horned animals in the ungulate family that the author discusses are the familiar white-tailed deer and bighorn sheep, but readers will also be intrigued by the gemsbok, easily mistaken for the mythical unicorn. In Meat-eating Animals, Aaseng's scope is evidenced by descriptions ranging from the polar bear and arctic fox on the tundra, to the caracal in the North African desert, and the familiar raccoon seen at local campsites. Rounding out the series is Prey Animals, which focuses on 10 herbivores, ``meals-on-legs'' for the carnivores, though their great speed and early-warning systems allow the strongest to survive. Statistics given include length, weight, habitat, food, number of young, and life span. With large print and consistently fine illustrations, this series will be a welcome addition to natural-history resources. PW.