A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators

Consie Powell, Author
Consie Powell, Author Roberts Rinehart Publishers $14.95 (1p) ISBN 978-1-57098-023-7
Reviewed on: 05/29/1995
Release date: 06/01/1995
From the predictable alligator to the unexpected zapus (a meadow jumping mouse), the carnivores of this abecedary prowl, pounce, sniff and snatch their meals from nature's lively table. Twenty-six insects, mammals, fish and birds representing various North American habitats are each described in a few lines of text (""A damselfly dips and darts through the summer air, catching mosquitoes and midges....""). Powell's watercolor-and-ink illustrations separate the carnivores from their prey, who rest safely within boxed borders; the predators appear more as stuffed specimens than as full-blooded hunters. Though accurate, the text misfires with tired verbs that give no feel of the predators' instinct and cunning; it seems a misnomer to call these creatures ``bold.'' A fine-print glossary, aimed at adult readers, identifies prey and geographical habitats. Ages 2-6. (May)
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