THE LEOPARD SON by Hugo van Lawick


Age Range: 8 - 10
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 The Leopard Son ($14.95; Oct. 4, 1996; 30 pp.; 0-07-016061-9): A year in the life of a leopard cub at home on the Serengeti Plain of East Africa. The prose is trite: ``The creature roars--a sound like distant thunder''; ``his nose twitches as if it were alive, sniffing, sniffing.'' Included are charming, full-color shots of the cuddly leopard cub, but the uncaptioned photographs are frequently clipped, cropped, and superimposed on other photos, making it difficult to find the focal points, or to get a sense of habitat or scale. Children who see the movie on which this book is based may find this appealing, but as a stand-alone it is inferior to many fine wildlife titles available. (Picture book. 8-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1996
ISBN: 0-07-016061-9
Page count: 30pp
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1996