Gone Forever: An Alphabet of Extinct Animals

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From aurochs, the wild cattle that appear in cave paintings, to Burchell's zebra, which roamed the South African grasslands until the mid-1800s, 26 animals that have become extinct in recorded history are captured here in vivid detail. Full color.

Describes, for each letter of the alphabet, an animal which lived much more recently than dinosaurs and which is now extinct.

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Overview

From aurochs, the wild cattle that appear in cave paintings, to Burchell's zebra, which roamed the South African grasslands until the mid-1800s, 26 animals that have become extinct in recorded history are captured here in vivid detail. Full color.

Describes, for each letter of the alphabet, an animal which lived much more recently than dinosaurs and which is now extinct.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
Subtitled "An Alphabet of Extinct Animals", this lavishly illustrated, hardcover book is more useful as a compendium of fascinating information about animals that once walked the earth than as an actual teaching tool for learning the ABC's. For example, did you know that since the dodo bird became extinct, the dodo tree population has declined to the point of near-extinction? That is because these plants depended primarily upon the fruit-eating dodo bird for seed distribution. The text explains this type of natural interdependence throughout, in easy-to-understand language. Written by award-winning science educators, the book ends with a resource list of organizations that can help the young naturalist learn how to protect our existing wildlife. The stunning illustrations, full color acrylic paintings, are rich in exotic detail. It's a picture book that will delight children and adults alike. A particularly useful title for the science classroom and library shelf.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4A mixed bag. Vibrant, full-page acrylic illustrations bring to life an interesting assortment of extinct insects, reptiles, birds, fish, and mammals, most of which are not described in standard titles. These creatures span continents and time periods; the blackfin cisco was last seen about 30 years ago, while others, such as the elephant bird, have been gone for thousands of years. Humans, primarily hunters, shoulder the blame for many, but not all of the disappearances; some of the causes for decline remain unknown today. The alphabetic arrangement is erratic: the great auk represents G, but the Palestinian painted frog is the entry for F and the Cuban yellow bat stands in for Y. Latin names are not given, and there is no index. The information, generally confined to one succinct paragraph, provides an adequate glance at some unusual creatures and successfully highlights notable characteristics. Pair this book with Dorothy Patent's Back to the Wild (Harcourt, 1997) or Cristina Kessler's All the King's Animals (Boyds Mills, 1995) for positive looks at how some species have been saved from near death. Or use it to supplement some of the other solid titles on this topic such as Alexandra Wright's Will We Miss Them? (Charlesbridge, 1992) and Marjory Facklam's And Then There Was One (Little, Brown, 1990).Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
Kirkus Reviews
From the last auroch to the last Burchell's zebra, this handsome alphabet book presents an extinct animal for every letter of the alphabet. Through a careful selection of animals that includes insects, fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals, the Markles give an international and historical perspective to extinct species, and introduce the complex and varied reasons behind extinction. A brief paragraph accompanies each full-page (sometimes full- spread) portrait of the featured animal; D valos often includes visual information about its habitat in the meticulously rendered paintings. Some stories will be familiar, e.g., the passenger pigeon killed for sport, but others will be new: the Gull Island vole of Long Island, New York, which became extinct when the soldiers from the Spanish-American War dug up its habitat, or Captain Maclear's rat of the Christmas Islands, which was destroyed by vicious ship rats and the diseases they brought. A good starting point for any inquiry into extinct and endangered species. (Picture book. 7-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416961383
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 8/16/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,057,237
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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