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Endangered species

arnold_warmer worldArnold, Caroline A Warmer World: From Polar Bears to Butterflies, How Climate Change Affects Wildlife
Gr. 4–6   32 pp. Charlesbridge

Illustrated by Jamie Hogan. Arnold explains the effects of climate change on animals and other life. Most, like marmots and coral, are threatened or have even gone extinct, while a few (e.g., Arctic foxes) have benefited from the effects of rising temperatures on their habitats. Somewhat busy mixed-media layouts that centerpiece charcoal and pastel illustrations only slightly detract from the excellent information. Reading list, websites. Glos.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment—Endangered species; Global Warming; Environment—Ecology

george_eagles are backGeorge, Jean Craighead The Eagles Are Back
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Dial

Illustrated by Wendell Minor. Glorious paintings illustrate this satisfying story of the attempts to save the American bald eagle from extinction. George provides a short history of the species and the threat to its existence from DDT pesticide. A young boy who watches over an experiment in which two eagles in Yellowstone adopt a healthy egg imported from Alaska provides structure and personalizes the account.
Subjects: Birds; Animals—Eagles; Environment—Endangered species

kvatum_saving yashaKvatum, Lia Saving Yasha: The Incredible True Story of an Adopted Moon Bear
Gr. K–3   32 pp. National Geographic

Photographs by Liya Pokrovskaya. To save Asiatic black bears, or moon bears, from extinction, scientists need to better understand them. This photo-essay documents a two-year study in the mountains of eastern Russia; scientists rescued three cubs from poachers, reintroduced them to the wild, and followed them to maturity. Vivid color photographs by one of the researchers enhance the engaging narrative. Reading list, websites.
Subjects: Mammals; Environment—Conservation—Wildlife; Animals—Bears; Wildlife Rescue; Russia

littlewood_endangered speciesLittlewood, Peter Endangered Species
Middle school, high school   48 pp. Smart Apple

Littlewood, Peter and Antonia Littlewood Rain Forest Destruction
Middle school, high school   48 pp. Smart Apple

Oxlade, Chris Global Warming
Middle school, high school   48 pp. Smart Apple

Mapping Global Issues series. Each of these books discusses a potential threat to our planet and its inhabitants. The straightforward content provides basic information, relevant examples, and possible solutions to problems. Warming attempts to deal with the controversy surrounding the issue. Maps, photographs, and sidebars clarify and add interest to the text; the dull layout is somewhat off-putting. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Global Warming; Environment—Greenhouse Effect; Environment—Endangered Species; Animals; Rainforests; Environment—Ecology

spilsbury_animals in danger in africaSpilsbury, Louise and Richard Spilsbury Animals in Danger in Africa
Gr. K–3
   32 pp. Heinemann

Spilsbury, Louise and Richard Spilsbury Animals in Danger in Asia
Gr. K–3
   32 pp. Heinemann

Spilsbury, Louise and Richard Spilsbury Animals in Danger in North America
Gr. K–3
   32 pp. Heinemann

Animals in Danger series. Each volume divides its continent into regions and highlights several endangered animals in each. Sidebars with species facts, charts, and maps accompany photos of exotic fauna. Each final section offers a simple suggestion for how kids can help. Heavy on the bolded vocabulary words, this series is best suited to comfortable readers ready for lots of new information. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Environment—Endangered species; Animals; Africa; Asia; North America

From the January 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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