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Children's Literature (Cherie Haas)

The rhinoceros is a unique animal, and this book proves it by providing interesting facts. For example, a rhino’s horn is made of keratin, which Murray writes is the same substance that people’s hair and fingernails are made from. Also, this mammal is the second largest on land, smaller only than the elephant. All five species of rhinos are mentioned at least briefly, and photographs are included of each. All of the photographs have captions, providing information about where the rhino pictured lives, and always providing the rhino’s species. Separate sections are headed by questions, such as ‘What Are Rhinoceroses?’ and ‘Do Rhinos Fight?’ Rhinos’ habitat, diet, and much more are described, including their endangered condition, due to the want of their horns. However, the author also points out that progress is being made to protect this animal by forming reserves and hunting laws. This book has a glossary with key words such as extinct, keratin, and reserves. There is also an index and a short list of web sites for reference. This title is part of a six-book ‘Naturebooks’ series about animals, which also includes books about elephants, giraffes, hippos, wildebeests, and zebras, all written in a similar style.

—Cherie Haas

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