Caring for Cheetahs: My African Adventure

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Author Rosanna Hansen travels to Namibia, Africa, to help cheetahs, one of the world's endangered species. She helps save a cheetah cub from a life-threatening injury. She pets a thoroughly tame cheetah. She sets up a cheetah race. (Cheetahs love to run.) And she meets many cheetahs that are not so tame. Humans are taking over cheetah habitat, so the world's fastest runners are running out of space and hanging on in low numbers. People are working to save them one by one through organizations like the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), which runs the reserve the author visits. Young readers will revel in this up-close perspective on the magnificent cheetah.

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Rosanna Hansen is the author of more than fifteen children's books. Before she turned to writing full time, she worked in children's book as a publisher and editor in chief at such companies as Weekly Reader, Reader's Digest Children's Books, and Groilier. She lives in Tuckahoe, New York

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Grade 3–5—Meet Chewbaaka, an ambassador for the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. He is the subject of this book and has charmed many visitors, school groups, and area farmers. Chewbaaka is a rescued cheetah, raised with humans, and has a powerful purr. However, it is Laurie Marker, Time magazine's Hero of the Planet, who is responsible for his success story. Her research, PR work, and guidance have changed the cheetah's survival rates. In addition to bits of information about the animal's eating habits, size, and lifespan, Hansen, who worked for the CCF, also outlines the organization's methodology, care, and programming. Readers go along with Dr. Marker to rescue a baby cheetah, walk into the veterinary surgery to see a life saved, and observe a successful cheetah release. Well-conceived placement of the text and photographs with CCF's trademark side-strip of cheetah fur make the pages pop, but part of the report feels like "what Hansen did on her summer vacation" because of the short, choppy sentences. Overall, though, this is an effective photo journal of an African adventure and a CCF publicity piece outlining its work. It shows progress against ignorance and destruction as area farmers are educated to the real versus perceived threats to the cheetah and are given specially trained dogs to protect their goats. While there are many other books about cheetahs, this is the only one about the CCF in action.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
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