Extraordinary Endangered Animals

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From the puffin to the spectacled bear, the takin to the white giraffe, the tree kangaroo to the hammerhead shark, each of the seventy-two two-page spreads in this book covers a different species and its natural habitat in detail, as well as its relationship with mankind. Extraordinary Endangered Animals includes large-format photographs, illustrations, maps that indicate each animal’s habitat, and in-depth text that covers each animal’s unique features and provides key figures, interesting trivia, and ...

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Overview

From the puffin to the spectacled bear, the takin to the white giraffe, the tree kangaroo to the hammerhead shark, each of the seventy-two two-page spreads in this book covers a different species and its natural habitat in detail, as well as its relationship with mankind. Extraordinary Endangered Animals includes large-format photographs, illustrations, maps that indicate each animal’s habitat, and in-depth text that covers each animal’s unique features and provides key figures, interesting trivia, and information on major threats to the species’ survival.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Detailed, large-scale photographs and intricate drawings depict 35 endangered species from around the globe, including the California condor, the sea otter, the golden lion tamarin, and the sawfish. Silhol and Guérive describe the habitat, behavior, and endangered status of each animal, while sidebars place each in human context, implicating our role in their endangerment (“The black-footed ferret can no longer feed itself when the prairie dog, its favorite meal, falls victim to intensive farming”). Honest but not downbeat, this informative collection encourages readers to take action before these species disappear. Ages 9–12. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—The authors showcase more than 30 endangered animals from around the globe to raise awareness about threats to their survival. Each four-page entry includes two stunning full-page photos plus several small watercolor paintings. The species' location is clearly indicated on a map, and a text box contains information about the animals' relation to human cultures in myths, legends, or personal interactions. Unfortunately, as the main entries note, those encounters usually spell disaster for the animals. Habitat loss, hunting, disease, pollution, and introduction of nonnative species all imperil these remarkable creatures. The theme of human environmental destruction is unrelenting. The authors note that their selections represent only a tiny fraction of the 43,000 species currently facing extinction. Browsers drawn to the oversize book's attractive layout and visuals can gain an awareness of the problems after reading a few entries about some unique animals. Reading the entire book could produce an overwhelming sense of despair despite a few author suggestions in the back matter about "ways you can help." Potentially a useful supplemental resource if taken in small doses.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kirkus Reviews
This oversized album describes 34 unusual and appealing animals from six world regions and explains why many are endangered. An introduction emphasizes the importance of maintaining balance in nature and introduces the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of endangered species. Each species is presented in a pair of double-page spreads that includes two large photographs, watercolor art, relatively extensive text describing the animal and the threats it faces, a small, general map and a notebook entry describing human connections. Although this purports to be about endangered species, the first animal described, the Atlantic puffin, is of "least concern" according to the most recent IUCN list. The next, the Southwestern water vole, is "vulnerable" in its European habitat and the third, the Western spadefoot toad, is closer to endangered status as "near-threatened." There are also mistakes of fact--Valentine's Day is not "the beginning of the mating season for amphibians." Throughout, the authors use the word "skate" when they mean stingray. No translator is listed for the text, first published in France in 2010 as Les Animaux d'exception: Racontés aux enfants. There are no credits for the photographs except for those repeated on the jacket, and no sources given for the information. Finally, the index has errors. Beautiful but flawed. (glossary, "How you can help") (Reference. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419700347
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 381,564
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandrine Silhol received her doctorate in sciences and is the scientific director of the Sables d’Olonne zoo. Gaëlle Guérive is in charge of sustainable-development research for the World Wildlife Fund in France. Marie Doucedame has illustrated several travel books.

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