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Friday, April 24, 2009

Face to Face with Lions (Juvenile)



Released February 2008

www.nationalgeographic.com

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

If you took a poll and asked kids if they’d like to have a lion cub as a pet, probably most of them would say yes, but it’s out of the question because lions are dangerous! Beverly and Dereck Joubert could attest to that. They’ve spent a long time photographing, studying them and “trying to steer clear of their teeth.” One time they thought they were going to be lunch when a male charged them. It was quite a scare, but they stood their ground and got a good look at those fangs.

In this book you will learn many interesting facts about lions (scientifically known as Panthera Leo), some you may take pride in already knowing, others you might say, “Wow, I didn’t know that!” Did you know that “females seem to prefer males with darker, longer manes?” Did you know that when someone shoots a male lion as many as thirty other lions can die? You’ll learn these and many other odd facts like how to keep a lion from eating you up, how to live with them, how to track them and an assortment other “wow” facts.

The photography in the book is wild, free and the story is captivating. This is the perfect book for the animal lover to immerse himself in. In the back of the book there are suggestions as to how kids can help in conservation efforts, a “Facts at A Glance” section, a glossary, index and recommended book, article and web sites. Did you know that the skinny, ugly old hyena can scare a lion? Wow!

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