Australian Rare and Endangered Wildlife

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Children's Literature
This over-sized volume is from Mason Crest Publisher's exciting "Nature Kids" series. Brilliant color photographs on almost every page give readers and up-close look at the unique wildlife of Australia. Large type text and colorful chapter headings make the book reader friendly. Concepts of rare and extinct are presented in simple terms to the young reader using the brush-tailed bettong as an example. The bettongs became endangered when the bush where they lived was cleared and dingoes hunted them decimating their population. Cattle and rabbits have also destroyed the habitat of the bandicoot almost to the point of extinction. Numbats, wambats and potoroos are also endangered animals. Wallabies are another species that have become rare. There are only 1500 Bridled Nailtail Wallabies left in central Queensland. Many birds such as cockatoos, cassowaries and brilliantly colored parrots are protected because of habitat depletion. Australia's platypus lays her eggs in a nest in river banks, these areas can become polluted by fertilizers and weed killers and need to be kept clean and protected. A page entitled "What Can We Do To Help?" provides information about how the reader can take an active part in this process. End notes include further reading and internet resources and an index. This is an excellent resource book for home, library or classroom. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers,
— Sue Reichard
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Oversized titles that include striking photos but provide minimal information. Rare and Endangered is the more focused title, but relies heavily on visuals. Terms are briefly defined and a "What can we do to help?" page offers advice directed to Australian readers. Australian Wildlife serves as a glossy catalog, roughly organized by type of animal. However, this approach must be inferred by readers since the text provides no overarching framework. Some groups, such as frogs and butterflies, receive only a general paragraph without reference to species unique to Australia. Caroline Arnold's Australian Animals (Morrow, 2000) has quality photos and is organized by habitat. Tessa Paul's Down Under (Crabtree, 1998) includes fewer animals but provides more information about each one. Libraries in need of visual material might consider adding these newer titles, but don't expect much substance.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590842126
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Nature Kids Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 52
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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