May 15, 2013

Urban animals

Coyotes in the Crosswalk: Canadian Wildlife in the City
by Diane Swanson
illustrated by Douglas Penhale

The city is home to many animals, including peregrine falcons, raccoons, rabbits, skunks, and squirrels. Diane Swanson introduces many of these animals that make their homes in Calgary, Victoria, Montreal and other Canadian cities. Each five-page spread has detailed information about what each animal eats, how they raise their young, and where they like to nest. Detailed, black-and-white pictures add character to the book; the animals are much better drawn than the humans. Some readers may find the length of the book intimidating, but others will find it interesting. Look for the fact boxes, which contain funny stories about the animals' interactions with people.

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