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Gr 6-9-- Patent's passion for her topic is clearly expressed in an accessible writing style. However, the organization is confusing, and transitions are lacking. Numerous important concepts are briefly mentioned, but not defined in enough depth to have meaning for readers unfamiliar with modern social problems. For example, the replacement of native species by human-introduced ones is omitted. The book begins by defining extinction and showing how human-caused extinction differs from natural mass extinctions of the past. The following chapter on diversity combines descriptions of threatened animals with concepts of interrelationships within ecosystems, examples of wild species that benefit humans, problems of habitat destruction, a mention of genetic problems of small populations of animals, and two paragraphs on ``the unity of life.'' Nowhere among all the examples of destruction is there a specific indication of why diversity is important, and the glossary definition is totally inadequate. The book is illustrated with clearly reproduced black-and-white photographs, but one of the tables is poorly designed; it compares unlike species to one another rather than showing how each species anchors its environment. Margery Facklam's And Then There Was One (Sierra Club Bks./Little, 1990), while aimed at a slightly younger readership, presents the process of extinction of specific species in a much more engaging manner. Laurence Pringle's Saving Our Wildlife (Enslow, 1990) is a model of clarity and organization, although its viewpoint is more narrowly focused on animals. Christopher Lampton's Endangered Species (Watts, 1988) addresses the same issues (although using somewhat different terms) in a better organized manner. Rebecca Stefoff's Extinction (Chelsea House, 1992), for a slightly older readership, covers history and international regulation of animal products in much greater detail. It's also much clearer on the meaning and importance of biological diversity. --Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894902680
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1991
  • Series: Environmental Issues Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 11 years

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