Animals you Never Even Heard Ofby 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
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.
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 statusrare, threatened, or endangereddepending 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.
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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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