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Planet Zoo: One Hundred Animals We Can't Afford to Lose
     

Planet Zoo: One Hundred Animals We Can't Afford to Lose

by Simon Barnes, Alan Marks (Illustrator)
 
Everyone has heard of a polar bear or a cheetah, but what about a white rhinoceros or a golden bamboo lemur? In Planet Zoo, Simon Barnes presents us with a challenging and moving account of 100 animals threatened by extinction and in need of human help. Each chapter presents us with the likely impact of the animal¹s disappearance: how the planet itself

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Everyone has heard of a polar bear or a cheetah, but what about a white rhinoceros or a golden bamboo lemur? In Planet Zoo, Simon Barnes presents us with a challenging and moving account of 100 animals threatened by extinction and in need of human help. Each chapter presents us with the likely impact of the animal¹s disappearance: how the planet itself ultimately depends on the creatures that inhabit it. Planet Zoo is also a celebration of the wonderful diversity of the animal world, introducing us to birds and beasts that few of us may be aware of but which are fighting for survival. Simone Barnes¹ narrative is captivating and passionate, while Alan Marks¹ exquisitely detailed watercolors make this a visual feast. An important book for anyone who cares about animal conservation, natural history, and the future of our planet.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The dinosaurs' fate looms over the subjects of Planet Zoo: One Hundred Animals We Can't Afford to Lose by Simon Barnes, illus. by Alan Marks. Barnes, wildlife journalist for the London Times, relays his fact-filled, environmentalist message in an intimate tone: "The animal that is always supposed to have inspired the myth of the mermaid is the dugong.... The sailor who confuses one of these gentle, fat-faced beasts with a beautiful woman must have been at sea an awfully long time." Thoughtfully incorporated into each spread, Marks's detailed watercolors of creatures in motion give the book a powerful visual rhythm. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Although Barnes repeatedly states that he wants to instill hope rather than despair, it is hard to imagine that many readers will complete this book without feelings of sadness and loss. Offering two- to three-page reflections on each of 100 animals, the author provides only minimal facts that are the staple of most nature books. He considers representatives from many groups of the animal kingdom and various habitats to hammer home two key points: humans kill animals directly through hunting and poison, and indirectly by destroying habitats. After discussing 90 animals close to extinction, Barnes concludes with success stories. Marks's watercolor paintings capture the majesty and uniqueness of each creature. Teens involved in environmental projects will welcome his book, and the author may convert others to the cause. However, his call to join conservation organizations would yield better results among North American readers if the four contact organizations located in Great Britain (where the book was originally published) had been supplemented for U.S. audiences. Still, the book is a worthy choice for collections in need of materials to promote reflection and discussion about environmental concerns.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781858814889
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 10.74(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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