GIANT PANDA; TIGER by Michael Bright


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These titles in a new series (""Project Wildlife"") focusing on endangered animals suffer from awkwardly written, fragmented text and a cluttered format that limits their usefulness. A two-page spread may use three to five photographs, colored boxes of text, captions, and colored borders--e.g., one spread shows photos of a tiger running through a field; a painting of an extinct Balinese tiger; a woman holding a baby tiger born in Mexico Zoo; a box noting that a tiger painting by Rousseau recently sold for more than $1 million; and two paragraphs about the success of Project Tiger. Moreover, sentences like these don't help: ""Unfortunately, however, anti-poaching patrols are not common--resources are needed elsewhere."" Or, ""Female pandas reproduce slowly."" Explaining artificial insemination, the author says: ""the female conceives and bears young without having to mate."" While additional material on endangered animals is needed, these add little. Indexed.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1989
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Gloucester/Watts