Alien Invaders: Species That Threaten Our World

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From killer toads, feral felines, and brown tree snakes to multiple invaders in the Great Lakes and Lake Victoria, Alien Invaders explores the impact on our ecosystems of the wave after wave of invaders and why they have become a worldwide concern. Environmentalists Jane Drake and Ann Love take us on a journey from the days of sailing ships and shipboard rats to the fungus that sparked the Irish potato famine to the beautiful but deadly purple loosestrife strangling native wetlands, while presenting the concepts ...

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From killer toads, feral felines, and brown tree snakes to multiple invaders in the Great Lakes and Lake Victoria, Alien Invaders explores the impact on our ecosystems of the wave after wave of invaders and why they have become a worldwide concern. Environmentalists Jane Drake and Ann Love take us on a journey from the days of sailing ships and shipboard rats to the fungus that sparked the Irish potato famine to the beautiful but deadly purple loosestrife strangling native wetlands, while presenting the concepts of biodiversity and endangered species. Learn where the invaders originate, how they travel, what they displace, why the invaded natural system is vulnerable, and what can be done. Discover if you are an invader or a saver and how you can help.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Alien Invaders

"In a clear, informal text, illustrated with handsome color paintings, this intriguing science book discusses particular plants, animals, bacteria, and viruses that humans have, deliberately or accidentally, introduced to a new habitat." - Booklist

"The large, vibrant, colourful illustrations by veteran Toronto artist Mark Thurman do an excellent job of bringing the text to life. As well, there's a superb map of Earth, annotated with descriptions of how species travel....excellent reading for any young person looking for a unique perspective on environmental disasters, and contains lots of new information." - Quill & Quire

"The concluding chapters give further perspective on the impact of these species and what people are doing and can do to control them. The background on each double-page chapter is a full-bleed color painting that includes an illustration of the invader....the material is accessible and will be useful for young researchers." - School Library Journal

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 14.

Millions cross oceans. Thousands hitchhike. Untold numbers curl up in airplane landing gear. Some even swagger across borders, their passage provided by unknowing, careless humans. The title may create expectations of Martians or UFOs, but the millions referred to actually include rats, toads, and snakes. Nevertheless, this book offers plenty of excitement. As the authors explain, in this case alien means from another region, and invader is someone or something that is taking over. Two dozen alien invaders are targeted, each categorized by size, homeland, area invaded, and line of attack (how and where the invaders originated). Most of the invaders are creatures, but several are nefarious weeds or plants, and one is even potato blight! The book also discusses how the reader can join the crusade against invaders. For example, do not invite a rat for dinner by tossing food on the ground. The dramatic text, intriguing subject matter, and first class illustrations combine to make this nonfiction a great read even for those who ordinarily prefer fiction. One caveat, though: the final invader section, "Get Ready for the Pandemic" (avian flu), could be too real a threat for easily frightened children and should therefore be approached with caution. Reviewer: Naomi Milliner

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6- The authors introduce three classic examples of alien invaders: brown rats, cane toads in Australia, and the fungus that caused the potato blight in the U.S. and Ireland. Ten more species are introduced with a narrative that describes the invader, its life cycle, the damage it causes, and attempts to control it. A short list of facts gives the common and Latin name, the size (metric and English), homeland, invaded countries, and the method of entry. Additional chapters describe some vulnerable habitats such as Lake Victoria, the Great Lakes, Hawaii, the Eastern hardwood forests, and the Western rangelands. The chapter "Get Ready for the Pandemic" explains why the avian flu virus (H5N1) has the potential to be catastrophic. The concluding chapters give further perspective on the impact of these species and what people are doing and can do to control them. The background on each double-page chapter is a full-bleed color painting that includes an illustration of the invader. A world map shows the origins and destinations of a few of the threatening species. Other than a confusing chapter on "The Role of the Community Elder," the material is accessible and will be useful for young researchers.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770495128
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 1,400,225
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Drake and Ann Love are a sister-writing duo. Together they have published 33 non-fiction titles for junior/intermediate students. Their first book to hit the bestseller list was The Kids Cottage Book published in 1992. Since then they have written many bestsellers and award winners including Sweet! The Delicious Story of Candy, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World, and more recently, Talking Tales: the Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets. Jane lives in Toronto and Ann lives near King, Ontario. The author lives in Toronto and King, Ontario, Canada.

Mark Thurman - artist, illustrator, author, and teacher - enjoys writing and illustrating picture books for children as well as conducting workshops for students and teachers. He was co-creator of the "Mighty Mites," a scientific cartoon in Owl magazine, and his playful illustrations grace the pages of Jane Drake and Ann Love's Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales and Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage. Mark Thurman lives in Toronto.

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