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WILD LIFE

Three new books look at untamed creatures and places.

The Lion's Eye: Seeing in the Wild (Little, Brown) by Joanna Greenfield is a lyrical memoir by a woman whose unusual connection to animals has led her to chimpanzee research in a perilous part of East Africa and a peaceful haven in the mountains of America.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea (Knopf) by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns is a gorgeous companion volume to the upcoming PBS series; with thoroughly researched text and hundreds of historic and new photos, it covers the history of the parks system, contributions of such heroes as John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, and current threats to our parks.

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia (Houghton Mifflin) by Sy Montgomery, with photos by Nic Bishop, is a fascinating book for kids 10 and up about a valiant scientist's adventures while trying to study and protect these elusive big cats.

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