From the Publisher
"Readers will treasure the tidbits of knowledge to be gleaned here.... An accessible and enjoyable foray into the lives of people dedicated to preserving our natural world."--School Library Journal
"An admirable, well-organized overview of naturalists who have left their imprint on the natural world."--VOYA
"A first-rate reference book for the life, Earth, and environmental sciences.... Written for the high school level and above, although the information can easily be adapted to any other grade or ability level. In addition to a detailed, yet well-paced text, Keene provides many varied illustrations that underscore, with clarity and poignancy, the life and work of each Earthkeeper.... Not limited to the sciences. Historians will find a fascinating account of the individuals, the times in which they worked, and the interesting ways in which their paths crossed. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the book is the realization that our most treasured Earthkeepers come from every background imaginable."--The Science Teacher
"This is an extraordinarily fine collective biography of people, for the most part naturalists, whose work has increased our knowledge about and concern for the preservation of nature.... Each biography is lavishly illustrated and includes an interesting fact box about the subject, as well as a list of suggested further readings.... This book should be particularly useful for middle and high school students doing beginning research on ecological issues.... Highly recommended."--Book Report
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
In this splendid compendium, Ms Keene vividly details, chronologically, the contributions of forty-six naturalists of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. She briefly profiles scores more. Many are familiar: Muir, Mowatt, Carson, and Goodall; others less so: Bartram, Nuttall, Rothschild, and Maathai. I know of no single volume that is more useful as a resource on naturalists.
Part of Oxford's new Profiles series for children grade six and above, "Earthkeepers" portrays more than 100 naturalists and environmentalists from the 1700s to the present, such as Carl Linnaeus, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and John Muir. Forty-six are presented in 44 well-written, interesting essays (the father-and-son team of John and William Bartram and the husband-and-wife team of Olaus and Margaret Muire are treated in one essay each). The remainder are summarized in a paragraph each in chapters entitled "More Earthkeepers to Remember.
Arranged chronologically in four parts, each section begins with an introduction. Each essay includes a sidebar highlighting birth and death dates and places, education, major interests, accomplishments, and honors. A bibliography of further reading accompanies each essay. Color and black-and-white illustrations, some of them covering a full page, supplement the text. There are three appendixes. One gives a brief overview of how plants and animals are classified; another a list of the ages of Earth. A third lists organizations promoting conservation and nature study and their addresses. A glossary, a bibliography, and an index complete the book
The book covers both sides of the Atlantic, with the U.S., U.K., and France dominating the essays. Considering this is billed as part of Oxford's children's reference collection, the bibliographies consist of titles more appropriate to adults and not readily available in school libraries or YA sections of public libraries
The decision on whether to shelve this attractive source in the reference section or the circulating section will depend upon the needs of the individual library. The essays will keep budding scientists reading and report writers happy. The table of contents and index ensure easy location of all entries.