Sobol provides a fine overview of the sorry state of wildlife in Africa today, and the immense amount of work that needs to be done to save even a fraction of what once was. Pity the poor elephant—colossal beasts of the forest, hill and plain—reduced to piano keys and chess pieces. But in Uganda's Ruwenzori National Park, the efforts of Peter and Wilhelm Moeller and countless others has resulted in the elephant's making a comeback. Sobol's crackerjack full-color photographs add a measure of authority to the book. In this package, hope, purpose and inspiration are neatly rolled into one. (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-525-65179-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1995

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Odîî and Klum introduce themselves in the opening pages—and full-color photograph—of this book, and then embark on an exploration of the rain forest, for which they act as tour guides. The topics are arranged into short chapters—``Up the River,'' ``Snakes in the Forest,'' ``Monkey Business,'' etc. The prose is chatty and informative: ``Before the sun sets, our guides fish in the river. We consider going for a swim,'' but notice the piranhas, about which they've heard terrible stories. Readers will smile when Odîî, after describing the fish's destructive powers, mentions how tasty the piranha is for dinner. The rain forest has an astonishing range of plant and animal life, and author and photographer ably close in and comment on fascinating poison dart frogs, monkeys, and snakes. Almost every page brings a new fact for browsers, while Klum expertly highlights details in close-up shots. His choice of topics is superb; he can frame an elusive animal in its habitat, or pull back to capture a breathtaking landscape. The book glorifies the natural riches of Malaysia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Nigeria, and Borneo, and makes a bid for their salvation. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-8069-9873-3

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 1997

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This is a true tale of a boy who befriended the aviation pioneers and who was the second person to fly in their original glider. No one believes Tom, a Kitty Hawk resident and reputed storyteller, when he claims to have met two men from Ohio who are planning to fly through the air. The scoffing does not subside when Tom truthfully states that he flew the glider. Over the years, the Wright brothers make trips to Kitty Hawk, each time refining their machine, until the successful 1903 flight—and Tom is always there to witness it. This entry in the I Can Read Chapter Book series seems just right for new readers: Tom's presence makes the historical incident more accessible. The tale, with its limited vocabulary, doesn't allow for much character development, but has enough inherent drama to overcome the format. Bolognese's pictures add an old-fashioned touch, with a refreshingly simple palette that warmly evokes the era. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 1997

ISBN: 0-06-024503-4

Page Count: 48

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 1996

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