Best Book of Endangered and Extinct Animals (Best Book of Series)

Best Book of Endangered and Extinct Animals (Best Book of Series)

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by Christiane Gunzi
     
 

From dinosaurs to Siberian tigers, this title is a superb introduction to creatures that are either extinct, such as the dodo, or those that are under threat. Discover some of the wildest habitats on Earth and the endangered animals that live there. Examine how people are working to save their fellow creatures.

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From dinosaurs to Siberian tigers, this title is a superb introduction to creatures that are either extinct, such as the dodo, or those that are under threat. Discover some of the wildest habitats on Earth and the endangered animals that live there. Examine how people are working to save their fellow creatures.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Questions young children may have about extinct animals are well answered with simply written text accompanied by a myriad of beautifully detailed illustrations. Various causes for extinction and examples of extinct species are introduced at the beginning and then expanded upon later in the book. The formation and study of fossils precedes sections on dinosaurs, ancient reptiles, and woolly mammoths. The disappearance of the dodo is blamed on early explorers on the island of Mauritius. Huge birds in New Zealand, African quaggas, and Australian marsupials are among other animals that have disappeared throughout the world. It is an unsolved mystery why some ancient animals have survived and continue to thrive. Cockroaches, sharks, and crocodiles have been around for more than 200 million years. Readers are advised of the fragility of the earth and warned of the possibility that it is even now in the beginning stages of a sixth mass extinction. Over fishing, damage to coral reefs, and destruction of the rain forests are described as examples of ways that humans are careless with their own habitats and that of many animals. The book includes a glossary and an index. 2004, Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 5 to 8.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-A broad introduction to endangered and extinct animal life from prehistoric times to the modern day. The colorful spot art and full-page illustrations serve primarily as attractive background. Both art and text are inadequate in providing clear insights; they do not give students a true portrayal of the science involved even in a general way. The most serious problems are with the text, which is imprecise in word choice and information, resulting in misconceptions. For example, "native" is defined in the glossary as "animals or plants that live in a specific place," which is only partially true as plants may inhabit a specific place even though they're not native. In addition, there is no documentation. Don Lessem's Dinosaurs to Dodos (Scholastic, 1999), John Burton's The Atlas of Endangered Species (Macmillan, 1991), and Katie DeKoster's Endangered Species (Gale, 1998) are better choices.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This easy introduction to animal extinction for younger readers misses the mark, focusing on dramatic extinctions of dinosaurs, mammoths, and animals hunted to extinction, and paying little attention to the complex inter-relationship between animals, plants, and the environment. It suffers from fuzzy writing and contradictions, stating, for example: "Before humans existed extinctions were caused by natural events and took many years. But since humans arrived many animal species have died out in a very short space of time." The companion page shows a huge meteor and states: "Major extinctions are known as mass extinctions. In a mass extinction many species die out at the same time." The author includes a brief general section on acting responsibly to save wildlife, a glossary, and index. Colorful illustrations on every page draw the eye, but do little to extend the text. Marginal. (Nonfiction. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753457573
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Best Book of Series
Pages:
31
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Christiane Gunzi is the author of several natural history books for children. Her works for Kingfisher include The Best Book of Big Cats, The Best Book of Snakes, The Best Book of Endangered and Extinct Animals, and The Best Book of Whales and Dolphins.

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