Meet some of the fastest animals on earth and learn what makes them run.
Animals need to move fast to get their food and often to escape from danger. A mouse may be tiny, but it is able to move very quickly. Ostriches are big birds; too big to fly, but they can run as fast as a horse. Bobcats hunt rabbits and both are quick. Rabbits communicate with each other by thumping on the ground when danger is near. Cheetahs, of course, are the fastest land animal, but they can only maintain their great speed for a short interval. These and a few other animals are all presented in the final spread of this nonfiction reader that also shows kids where in the world each of the animals is found. Part of the "Green Light Nonfiction" series, level 2, grades 1-3. 2000, Harcourt, Ages 6 to 8, $10.95. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot