After the Kill
by Darrin Lunde

Price at time of review: $16.95
Charlesbridge Publishing
Watertown, MA
ISBN: 9781570917431

Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Predation is a natural part of nature. It's part of every lesson on food chains, but teachers seldom spend a lot of time on it because the resources they might use are hard to find or unusually graphic.

This book about predation doesn't "pull punches" but it does describe the role and adaptations of top predators in ways that are developmentally and scientifically appropriate. Its art is accurate without being gory. The author avoids the trap of insinuating predators are bad; the role of the top consumer in the energy cycle of a habitat is clear in both text and illustrations.

Realistic scientific information about predation earned this book recognition as an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book. It fills an important gap in natural history books normally available for young people. As part of a classroom library or support for a unit on food webs, it will be especially appreciated at the middle elementary level.

Review posted on 1/12/2012

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