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Book: The Most Dangerous
Author: Terri Fields
Illustrator: Laura Jacques
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-526-0 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-535-2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-544-4 (eBook)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-9
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Fields, Terri. The Most Dangerous (published in 2012 by Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464). What do you think is the most dangerous animal in the world? Frightening creatures from far and near have come to win the title as “The World’s Most Dangerous.” Who will get the trophy? Will it be the box jellyfish, the inland taipan snake, the great white shark, the porcupinefish, the Brazilian wandering spider, the Cape buffalo, the saltwater crocodile, the hippopotamus, or the cassowary? Or will it be that other thing that doesn’t have any deadly poison, sharp horns, fearsome feet, or huge teeth? Can you guess what it is? And which one will the judges choose?
Most of us will never see many of these animals, except in zoos or aquariums, but it’s still fun to read and learn about them. Through author Terri Fields’s descriptive text and illustrator Laura Jacques’s full-page, life-like pictures, children will become acquainted with some of the ways that out in the wild predators kill for food and prey defend themselves. The four pages of learning activities in the back include information on adaptations, finding the animals on a map, and a hands-on exercise of designing an animal, and there are more free educational activities at the publisher’s website with interactive quizzes and related websites. Do you know where cassowaries live? Read the book and find out.