Planet Ark: Preserving Earth's Biodiversity

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Young readers can learn how to be modern-day Noahs and protect the world's plants and animals from extinction not by building a giant boat, but by making small changes in their everyday lives -- from planting trees to turning off the tap -- to help preserve the world's biodiversity. Planet Ark is part of CitizenKid?, a collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
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Overview

Young readers can learn how to be modern-day Noahs and protect the world's plants and animals from extinction not by building a giant boat, but by making small changes in their everyday lives -- from planting trees to turning off the tap -- to help preserve the world's biodiversity. Planet Ark is part of CitizenKid?, a collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“In many ways, our beautiful blue home—planet Earth—is like an ark sailing through the universe,” writes Mason, drawing an analogy between the story of Noah’s Ark and Earth’s biodiversity in this thorough and informative addition to the CitizenKid line. Discussions of food chains, habitats, and such environmental threats follow. Thompson complements Mason’s emphatic text with textured acrylic portraits of animals and ecosystems that resemble weathered tapestries. Closing pages offer examples of “modern-day Noahs” who have acted on behalf of protecting biodiversity, and ways kids can do the same. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
From the "CitizenKid" series, this beautifully conceived informational picture book clearly explains what biodiversity is on planet Earth and what each of us can do to support this type of diversity within a variety of habitats around the world. Fourteen chapters make up the text, beginning with an introduction that showcases the concept of the planet as an ark and how we can be "Noahs" who can help to make sure that we pass on a functioning Earth to future generations. Topics through the chapters focus on the biodiversity found in various habitats, why biodiversity is necessary, how plants and animals are affected—both positively but mostly negatively—by changes to habitats, and how readers can engage as Noahs. An "ocean" running across the bottom of each page provides additional information about specific plants or animals tied to the theme/title of each two-page section. The illustrations throughout the text are excellent in their detail and help to provide a strong sense of plants and animals that help to create biodiversity. The book includes examples of Noah projects. Younger readers can create their own Noah opportunities round out this excellent text. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—While comparing the Earth to Noah's ark, the author presents a wide range of environmental concerns centering on the need to maintain biodiversity. Loss of habitat, destruction of top soil, invasions by alien species, and overexploitation of resources have all resulted in the loss of countless species of animal and plant life. Each spread discusses a single topic such as habitat preservation or global warming in relation to biodiversity. Urging readers to become modern-day Noahs and work to save the Earth's precious resources, the book encourages the usual Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse but adds some additional suggestions. By Refusing unnecessary purchases and Rejoicing in the natural world, children are urged to emulate the example offered by young people throughout the world who have taken steps to combat the destruction of the environment in their countries. Illustrated with soft-toned pastel images of a variety of animals and habitats, the book seems aimed at a younger audience than the serious situations presented by the text would indicate. Still, it would be useful for classrooms studying the importance of biodiversity and other aspects of environmental science.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The latest title in the CitizenKid series offers children an accessible, informative introduction to the importance of biodiversity and the need to protect it. Mason frames the narrative with an image of Earth as an ark and readers as potential modern-day Noahs who can help preserve the world's biodiversity. She explains in clear, engaging prose such concepts as species, habitats, ecosystems, food chains, conservation, invasive species, overexploitation, global warming, extinction, captive breeding and fair-trade commerce. Numerous sidebars expand on ideas in the main text. Mason concludes with descriptions of individuals and organizations and the work they do as modern-day Noahs. Practical advice is offered to readers, suggesting simple, everyday things they can do to be good environmental citizens. Thompson's warm, expressive illustrations are appealing and complementary to the text. Failing to include a list of websites and suggestions for further reading is an unfortunate oversight, especially given the book's emphasis on individual action--how are kids to find further direction? An engaging and reasonably practical introduction to environmental stewardship. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554537532
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: CitizenKid Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 291,277
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrienne Mason is an educator and author whose books include Owls, Snakes, Move It! and Touch It! She lives in Tofino, British Columbia.

Margot Thompson is an illustrator of children's books including the award-winning Tree of Life, Sea Monsters, Make a Change: Shapes, and Make a Change: Opposites. She also works as a designer at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

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