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Animals you Never Even Heard Of

Animals you Never Even Heard Of

by Patricia Curtis
     
 

The Sierra Club's publishing program for children is intended to bring to young people books about earth, its creatures, and humankind's role among them. Sierra Club Books for Children offer responsible information about the environment to young readers, with attention to the poetry and magic in nature that so fascinated and inspired John Muir, the poet-philosopher

Overview

The Sierra Club's publishing program for children is intended to bring to young people books about earth, its creatures, and humankind's role among them. Sierra Club Books for Children offer responsible information about the environment to young readers, with attention to the poetry and magic in nature that so fascinated and inspired John Muir, the poet-philosopher who was the Sierra Club's founder. Covering a wide range of genres--from natural history to fiction--these books look at the world with eyes of the young, exploring and probing the little-known from starting places close to home. If you like this book, ask your bookseller or librarian for others in this unique program.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Kids will get a big kick out of the names and the faces of these animals, and the opportunity to learn about the lives of a wide range of endangered species. The full-page colored photographs allow readers to view the animals up close in their natural habitat. The text explains why a particular animal is facing extinction and what we can do to help preserve its life. Adults should be prepared for some tongue twisting animals names; included in this collection are the jabiru, okapi, komodo dragon, babirusa, pudu, and the red uakari.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5A brief introduction to a dozen rare, threatened, or endangered animals not likely to be encountered in general readingor in many zoos, for that matter. Each double-page spread offers a full-page, full-color photograph, with a modest amount of information on the facing page. The creature's scientific name, global location, preferred 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 slim, 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
Kirkus Reviews
Curtis (Aquatic Animals in the Wild and in Captivity, 1992) briefly describes the characteristics and plight of a dozen unusual endangered species of wildlife in habitats that range from the foothills of the Andes to the rain forests of Vietnam and Laos.

Full-color, close-up photographs shot in wildlife reserves show such animals as the pudu (the world's smallest deer), golden lion tamarin (a monkey with a mane), a pygmy loris (a lemur-like primate), as well as the axolotl (a salamander), babirusa (a peculiar pig with tusks), and a red uakari (a red-faced monkey). The most familiar creature may be the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard. Each animal is labeled with its status—rare, threatened, or endangered—depending on the severity of its decline. Curtis covers in summary the habits and habitats of the animals, and also discloses the nature of the threat to each one's survival or environment, e.g., acid rain, deforestation, poaching, overpopulation, pollution, etc. Unfortunately, no maps are included. Still, both children and adults will marvel at these eccentricities of the natural world and will quickly become concerned for them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871565945
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
Books for Children Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.83(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt

Introduction

They Need Our Help Too!

Most of us are familiar with at least some of the world's more famous endangered animals and their struggle for survival. Who doesn't know the plight of the African elephant, or the giant panda, or the humpback whale? And who wouldn't be saddened if the Bengal tiger vanished from the earth forever?

But there are thousands of other, less well known species of animals also struggling to stay alive in today's changing environments. Many of these animals will become extinct (disappear from the earth forever) before we even get to know them. Yet we will feel their loss in some way, because they are all part of the web of life on our planet. In this book, you will meet twelve rare and unusual wild animals that deserve just as much respect and attention as the more famous endangered species.

Meet the Author

Patricia Curtis is the author of more than a dozen children's books about animals, including All Wild Creatures Welcome, Dogs on the Case, and Animals and the New Zoos. She has also written numerous magazine articles on wildlife and on companion animals. When she's not writing at her cimputer, Pat enjoys serving as a docent at the Propect Park Wildlife Center in Brookyln, New York-and, most of all, spending time with her young grandson, Patrick.

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