Felina's New Home: A Florida Panther Story
Loran Wlodarski & Lew Clayton
Arbordale, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
elina's New Home
is a tender story about endangered Florida panthers. When Felina was a kitten, with blue eyes and spots for camouflage, she walked with her mother, who taught her to hunt, to find places for cool water to drink, and shady places to rest away from the heat of the sun. One day when she was grown, Felina noticed the shady place was gone and that many trees had disappeared.
elina's forest companions noticed the changes as well - the red-cockaded woodpeckers, who rested in holes of trees, where they planned to raise families. The large gopher tortoise agreed with Felina about the fast cars on a new roadway, and the danger it created to cross over to the other side for food. With the disappearance of the trees came noises from humans and all-terrain vehicles. A wood stork stopped by to express how the noises scared her. Garbage littered once pristine places, including tires and sharp metal cans that could hurt the animals.
rom a rumbling voice, Felina listened to the American crocodile's concern for polluted water; in turn, the fish were unhealthy to eat. Deer were being fed by humans, where human residences were built; and a Florida manatee, with its skin scarred from careless boat drivers, spoke to Felina about what humans should know.
ill Felina and her habitat friends find a new home, and how will they adapt to it? Loran Wlodarski - an award-winning author of
If a Dolphin Were a Fish
Wild Careers!: Working with Animals
Sharks!: From Fear to Fascination
Killer Whales: Creatures of Legend and Wonder
- tells readers of wildlife concerns through their voices. Illustrator and graphic designer Lew Clayton used Prismacolor colored pencils in this picture book, and his love of his craft and of animals shows through his work.
he back of the book is filled with activities
For Creative Minds
Florida Panther Fun Facts
Florida Panther Life Cycle
Endangered and Threatened Animals
Match the Animal Information
. From Felina's story, children will learn of wildlife in many areas of the world, and how human changes affect their habitats. Children will also gain knowledge of ways they can help. Have fun reading about Felina and her friends!
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