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Suggested Readings from The American Museum of Natural History

Curtis, Patricia. Animals You Never Even Heard of. Sierra Club Books for Children; 1st ed edition (June 1997)

Ages 9-12
ISBN-10: 0871565943


From School Library Journal:


A brief introduction to a dozen rare, threatened, or endangered animals not likely to be encountered in general reading, or in many zoos, for that matter. Each double-page spread offers a full-page, full-color photograph, with information on the facing page. The creature's scientific name, global location, modest amount of referred habitat, diet, a comment or two on its lifestyle and its status (rare, etc.) are all included. Some animals get more coverage than others, perhaps because, in the case of a few species, little is known about their lives in the wild. All appears accurate though one might question the water salinity tolerance ascribed to desert pupfishes (five times greater than the ocean) and the nocturnal habits of the okapi. However, for young readers not acquainted with such exotics as an axolotl, a babirusa, a jabiru, a markhor, and a red uakari, this colorful book is both attractive and informative enough to whet the appetite. All is prefaced with a plea for the protection of wildlife and natural habitats everywhere and rounded off nicely with an index to make the snippets of information immediately available for report writers. Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY. Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Oahu tree snail
Oahu Tree Snail

Dobson, David, and James M. Needham (Illustrator) Can We Save Them? Endangered Species of North America. Charlesbridge Publishing (March 1997)

Ages 8-11
ISBN-10: 0881068225

From Booklist:
The double-page-spread color illustrations--one for each endangered species discussed--make this book a great read-aloud for the young animal lover. Independent readers will enjoy the brief treatment of habitat, physical characteristics, and habits of 12 different North American species facing extinction. Included are Florida panthers, Oahu tree snails, gray bats, American peregrine falcons, wildflowers, and more. The text on each species includes threats to each animal and practical suggestions for conservation. The repeated "Can we save them?" question leaves the reader with a sense of urgency, yet hope for the disappearing life forms on our continent. The book concludes with an annotated map showing where each species can be found. Susan DeRonne --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Facklam, Margery, and Pamela Johnson (Illustrator). And Then There Was One: The Mysteries of Extinction. Sierra Club Books (May 1990)

oconee bells
Oconee Bells

Ages 9-12
ISBN-10: 031625984

From School Library Journal:
"By the early 1990s, scientists expect, at least one species will vanish every hour ." Facklam does not rely on such dramatic statements to grab readers' attention, but they undergird her thoughtful explanations of the natural and human forces affecting survival and extinction. Citing specific animals as examples, she explains the processes of adaptation, mutation, evolution, and extinction. She discusses the long historical cycles of mass extinction typified by the disappearance of the dinosaurs, noting that although the world is now in the middle of the 26 million year cycle, the massive impact of humans on animal habitats and the global environment has considerably accelerated the rate of extinction. The discussion is sobering, but not heavily didactic, and concludes with examples of successful efforts in saving endangered species. Organized into several chapters of two-column text and complemented by attractive full-page charcoal drawings, the book is similar in style and format to the author's recent volumes on hibernation and symbiosis. Facklam is adept at raising questions and providing clear, smoothly paced, interesting narrative. Her well-crafted blend of information and ideas makes for pleasant read-aloud material--a rare feat for nonfiction. --Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Few, Roger. Macmillan Children's Guide to Endangered Animals.
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Library Binding edition (September 30, 1993)

Ages 9-12
ISBN-10: 0027345459

From School Library Journal
This very attractive book, on a popular and important theme, has strengths that demand a closer look. Its clear and unbiased text introduces the real threats to creatures worldwide, the costs to save them, and the programs that have succeeded or failed up to this point. The remainder of the book is a continent-by-continent look at specific animals in trouble. Each division has the same strong elements. First, the continent's problems are discussed; maps show where some of the animals live. Next, individual species are highlighted in boxes, each with a lovely, full-color illustration. Each box contains the featured subject's scientific name, size, palpable threat to its survival, and interesting facts. Each geographical division closes with a two-page focus on one animal. A useful index and a lengthy list of organization addresses appear at the end of the volume. Libraries needing material on global wildlife in danger will be well served by this fine volume. It has more information and is more eye-catching than Dorothy Patent's The Challenge of Extinction (Enslow, 1991). Amy Nunley, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, OH. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

rodriguez small faced bat
Rodriguez Small Faced Bat

Halpern, Robert R. Green Planet Rescue: Saving the Earth's Endangered Plants (Cincinnati Zoo Book). Franklin Watts (December 1993)

Ages 9-12
ISBN-10: 0531152618

From School Library Journal
Halpern provides detailed descriptions and examples to show how, "Directly or indirectly, all life on Earth depends on plants." They are presented as renewable energy resources, sources for medicine, and as a solution to world hunger. There is an excellent explanation of pollination and of the relationships among plants, as well as of the relationships between them and insects, birds, and bats. Halpern uses startling, impressive figures and facts to make his point. Glossary terms and words listed in the index appear in bold print throughout the text. Captioned, full-color photographs are well placed. Readers are encouraged to get involved in helping to save the Earth by reading newsletters and books, and by writing letters to government leaders. Conservation organizations are listed with addresses. Although there are a number of books about the plight of the rain forests, few show the total picture concerning the 20-25,000 species of plants that are currently endangered. This easy-to-read book provides in-depth information that will be useful to researchers. Karen M. Kearns, Environmental Resource Center, Atlanta, GA Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

dodosLessem, Don.and Jan Sovak (Illustrator) Dinosaurs to Dodos: An Encyclopedia of Extinct Animals.) Scholastic (September 1999)

Ages 9-12
ISBN-10: 0590316842

From Library Journal
Although this book provides a nice gallery of extinct animals, from trilobites to passenger pigeons, it is also useful as an overview of evolutionary life on Earth. Lessem's expertise is on prehistoric creatures, and the realms of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals are amply represented here, as are less-familiar creatures, such as the ones fossilized in the Burgess Shale, which make Dr. Seuss's menageries look tame. Take for instance Hallucigenia, a creature with so many tentacles and legs that scientists couldn't figure out which end was up. Flying critters, fish, and insects are also included and tidbits of details (for example, pictures showing the land mammals that gradually evolved into whales) make this book good for browsing as well as for homework. The full-color illustrations are lively and realistic, as far as what is known about these life-forms. Students may need to rely on other sources if they are doing research on a particular creature (there's only one page on the passenger pigeon), but this title will certainly whet their appetites. Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

McGavin, George C. Endangered: Wildlife on the Brink of Extinction. Firefly Books (October 1, 2006)     

Ages 8-14  
ISBN-10: 1554071836

Featuring more than 400 photographs, this book details the plant and animal species that are either endangered or so severely threatened that they soon will be. The authors offer a thoughtful celebration of nature's diversity not scaremongering -- and a plea to rein in current behaviors that negatively affect the planet. Their proposals form a reasoned and hopeful guide to a future world that will be safe for all species. Creatures profiled include marsupials, monkeys, sea turtles, birds of prey, and butterflies and moths.

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St. Francis Satyr
hen harrier
Mountain Gorilla
St. Francis Satyr Butterfly
Hen Harrier

Moore, Jo E., Endangered Species (Helping Children Learn). Evan-Moor Educational Publishers (January 1, 1992)

Ages 9-12
ISBN-10: 1557992177

This book represents an opportunity to inform students about animal species that are endangered or have gone extinct, and to integrate all areas of the curriculum in the process. With projects that involve literature, science facts, creative writing, research skills, art, and math, students will find out why animals become endangered or extinct, why are some of them hunted, how does the environment effect them, and what is being done -- and can be done in the future -- to save them. Includes reproducible pages about these Project titles include: Endangered Animals - Pencil Pals, Draw these Endangered Animals, Who Shall We Save?, In My Home Town, Fact or Opinion, and many others. There is a form for writing a letter to convervation groups, game refuges, or parks, a list of organizations devoted to preserving wildlife, and an extensive bibliography of titles for you and our students to explore.

Nirgiotis, Nicholas, and Theodore Nirgiotis. No More Dodos: How Zoos Help Endangered Wildlife.Lerner Publications (October 1996)

Ages 9-12
ISBN-10: 0822528568

Since zoos are one of the last hopes for many endangered species, it stands to reason that they would be among the leaders in conservation efforts. This book looks at the way zoos (and connected wildlife groups) are involved with helping to improve these animals' odds for survival. A wide range of topics is covered including the creation of more realistic zoo enclosures, captive breeding programs, exchanges of animals among zoos to enlarge the gene pool, and programs to reintroduce some animals to their native habitats. The authors also examine cooperative-education programs where wildlife groups train native peoples in preservation techniques. The writing is clear and detailed without being too technical. Sidebars provide additional information. There is certainly a pro-zoo slant here, but the Nirgiotises are careful to mention other viewpoints as well. Full-color photos are scattered throughout. While much of the material can be found in other sources, the connection to zoos gives this title a new and fascinating angle that should be of interest to young conservationists. Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Pratt, Kristin Joy. A Walk in the Rainforest.Dawn Publications (CA) (March 1992)

Ages 4-8
ISBN-10: 1878265997

From School Library Journal
Written and illustrated by a high school student, this environmental ABC presents ecological information for young audiences. Each letter features an animal or plant found in the rain forest with an explanatory paragraph. Interposing her factual material with warnings about endangered species, deforestation, and the harm coming to native peoples, Pratt presents her viewpoint without didacticism. The full-color illustrations done in watercolors, felt markers, and colored pencil show talent and concern. Children may be as interested in the student/author/illustrator concept as in the material presented. --Eva Elisabeth Von Ancken, Trinity Pawling School, NY:Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.             

US Environmental Protection Agency- Endangered Species Picture Book

This picture book will introduce you to 21 endangered and threatened plants and animals found in the United States. You can print the pages or order the book. Then use your colorful imagination to bring to life oceans, swamps, deserts, islands and a variety of plants and animals. If we all work together, we can continue to share the earth with these fascinating and important species and enjoy them in the wild -- not only in the pages of books.

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