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A Warmer World

Overview

Adapt, or face extinction.

The golden toad used to inhabit the cloud forests of Costa Rica, but when the weather became too warm and dried up the pools where its eggs hatched, the golden toad disappeared. It has not been seen in more than twenty years. This amphibian is just one of several species in A WARMER WORLD, a thought-provoking and informative account of how global climate change has affected wildlife over the past several decades.

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Overview

Adapt, or face extinction.

The golden toad used to inhabit the cloud forests of Costa Rica, but when the weather became too warm and dried up the pools where its eggs hatched, the golden toad disappeared. It has not been seen in more than twenty years. This amphibian is just one of several species in A WARMER WORLD, a thought-provoking and informative account of how global climate change has affected wildlife over the past several decades.

Species by species, acclaimed nonfiction children's author Caroline Arnold describes how warmer weather alters ecosystems, forcing animals to adapt or become extinct. Arnold's clear and straightforward text is complemented by Jamie Hogan's collage-style illustrations. Reminiscent of a nature journal, the book will inspire readers to start their own research into this significant global issue.

A glossary and listing of websites and books for further exploration is included.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Arnold explores global warming by focusing on how it directly affects several species and their habitats. Some animals, like Edith’s checkerspot butterfly, are forced to migrate north because temperatures in southern areas have become too warm for the plants that they require for survival. Polar bears have less time to hunt as a result of earlier spring melts, and walruses are left with fewer and fewer floating ice chunks to use as “platforms” while at sea. Hogan handsomely portrays the animals using charcoal pencil and pastel. Arnold doesn’t sugarcoat the potential effects of climate change, plainly stating that the “loss in biodiversity could be devastating.” Ages 7–10. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
Our world's climate is rapidly changing. Global warming is not only affecting humans, but is also affecting the animals and other small creatures that share our planet. The environmental changes are so great that some creatures are gone all together. In 1964, a biologist working in Costa Rica found a tiny yellow toad that thrived and laid eggs in pools of water. As the earth warmed the puddles dried, the toads have not been seen anywhere. As the world gets warmer animals move to find new places to live, but plants cannot move. In some instances, plant seeds are carried off to other locations by wind, water and animals. In Yosemite National Park squirrels and mice are moving to higher ground in search of more favorable habitats. Small shrimp-like animals called krill feed on algae and other small organisms under the ice. With less ice, krill cannot survive and neither can the animals that feed on them. As the world warms, so do the earth's waters. As a result, spring comes earlier and winter later. This season change can create droughts and effects corals, fish and many other species. Arnold introduces young readers to the problem of global warming and its effects on humans, animals and plants. Soft, pastel illustrations are warm and inviting for young readers to see the specific plants and animals and better understand their plight. Arnold has also supplied young minds with a glossary of terms in the back of the book as well as a list of website resources and others books that cover the subjects of climate changes and global warming. This is an excellent book to educate children on global warming. Parent and teachers will find this to be a handy tool for any home or classroom. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard
Kirkus Reviews
That global warming is occurring faster than ever is certainly bad news. The facts are laid out in clear, easy-to-understand prose as climatic changes affecting various forms of wildlife, including polar bears, butterflies, walruses and penguins, are described on pages that look as if they were torn out of writing tablets. Readers learn that in many cases, living creatures, including some plants, have adapted to the phenomenon. In some instances, however, environmental changes have occurred so rapidly--and will continue to do so--that many plants and animals won't have time to adjust to their new environments, and the results could be devastating. Hogan's art, rendered in charcoal pencil and pastels with collage elements, is colorful but only serviceable. The volume would have benefited from photographs that depict actual changed environments in addition to images of the animals and plants struggling to survive in a warmer world. Furthermore, the various life forms discussed are labeled with toe tags--invoking a death knell for sure--that are distracting as well as occasionally confusing. An adequate introduction for younger readers that sounds an alarm about global warming but offers little information on how to halt its pace. (glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613833599
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 31
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Arnold is the award-winning author of more than one hundred and forty books for children, including WIGGLE AND WAGGLE, A WARMER WORLD, and TOO HOT? TOO COLD?: KEEPING BODY TEMPERATURE JUST RIGHT. She lives in Los Angles, California.
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