Patricia. Animals You Never Even Heard of. Sierra Club Books for
Children; 1st ed edition (June 1997)
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
Dobson, David, and James M. Needham (Illustrator)
Can We Save Them? Endangered Species of North America. Charlesbridge
Publishing (March 1997)
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
Facklam, Margery, and Pamela Johnson (Illustrator).
And Then There Was One: The Mysteries of Extinction.
Sierra Club Books (May 1990)
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.
Macmillan Children's Guide to Endangered Animals.
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Library Binding edition (September
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
Halpern, Robert R.
Green Planet Rescue: Saving the Earth's Endangered Plants (Cincinnati
Zoo Book). Franklin Watts (December 1993)
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.
Don.and Jan Sovak (Illustrator) Dinosaurs to Dodos: An Encyclopedia
of Extinct Animals.) Scholastic (September 1999)
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)
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.
St. Francis Satyr Butterfly
Moore, Jo E., Endangered
Species (Helping Children Learn). Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
(January 1, 1992)
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.
Nicholas, and Theodore Nirgiotis. No
More Dodos: How Zoos Help Endangered Wildlife.Lerner Publications
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)
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
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.