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Who Am I?: A Peek-Through-Pages Book of Endangered Animals

Abrams. Nov. 2019. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781419736469.
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PreS-Gr 3–Cutouts are used throughout this book to provide a partial view of an animal that is initially identified by just a few clues. The turn of a page then reveals full-page photos of the creatures set against black backgrounds. Many of the animals, like the polar bear and the Bengal tiger, will be familiar to children. Others are examples of lesser-known creatures, such as the white-bellied pangolin, the crowned sifaka, and the Indian gharial. Flach shows some animal habitats and also provides fascinating close-ups of feathers, fur, shells, and scales. This book will be enjoyed by young children who will find the guessing game to be engaging. Older kids can spend time independently with the “Who Are We?” section, which explains what makes each animal unique. Although the book’s font is regrettably small, the final page of back matter serves as an excellent guide on how to play an effective part in protecting the environment.
VERDICT The arresting photographs make this title stand out among books on the topic of endangered animals.

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