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My new nonfiction picture book obsession is Suzi Eszterhas’s Eye on the Wild series about baby animals. Granted, I’ve only read one book in the series so far, Cheetah, but it was so gorgeously photographed that I now want to collect all of her other books.
The cover doesn’t begin to do justice to the photos within. Visit Eszterhas’s website to see a small collection of her cheetah photos.
Eszterhas also wrote the book, and she has a strong sense of her audience. Larger print, simple vocabulary, and ample white space make this an inviting book for younger readers to read independently, and it also works quite well as a read-aloud. While the book lacks the more detailed information I would enjoy in a nonfiction title about cheetahs, it does provide an appropriate amount of information for its younger audience, and the beauty of the photographs makes it an appealing title even for older readers. Her photos of cubs at play are especially memorable. The story ends when the cheetah sibling group turns two and they’re ready to leave their mother and become independent cats.