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Volume V Number 5 . . . . October 30, 1998
A deer is always on alert for enemies, so it eats quickly. It nips off plants and swallows them almost whole. The food is stored in the deer's large stomach. When the deer is full, it lies down in a hidden spot. Here it can safely rest and digest its food.Children are fascinated by the natural world, and Kids Can Press has responded to their curiosity with another book in their "Wildlife Series" by Deborah Hodge. Aimed at younger children, Deer, Moose, Elk and Caribou provides clearly written information about the different members of the deer family. Hodge includes information about birth, habitat, food, growth and development, migration, etc. There is a section which displays the anatomy of a deer and explains how its body is adapted to help it survive. Kids are more able to understand what animals are like by, for example, finding out that the antlers of a moose can weigh as much as an average 11-year-old child. "Deer Facts," which dot the pages, provide the reader with other interesting titbits that are easy to remember.
The illustrations by Pat Stephens are prominent on the page, with the information placed around it. The book includes a section called "Deer Signs" and a glossary to reinforce new vocabulary. Clearly-defined subject headings in the table of contents and a detailed index make this book a good buy for home or school.
Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian at Niakwa Place School in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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