A sumptuous ABC of predators and their prey, splendid for display or for careful, close viewing. For each alphabetical entry in her first book, Powell provides a full-color drawing of the predator in a natural habitat and a border depicting the prey. A line of text introduces both, e.g., ""A slippery red-spotted newt searches a quiet stream bottom for leeches or frog eggs."" Some choices are expected -- lynx and fisher -- others less so. The damselfly and the murex (or ""mureX"" as the weak ""X"" entry) snail are predators, too, engaged in the endless struggle to survive. A glossary gives more facts about predators as well as lists of prey shown in the illustrations. From alligator to zapus, this is an alphabet not to be missed.