Saving Animals from Oil Spills

Overview

When disaster strikes, people aren't the only ones in danger. On April 20, 2010, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. Millions of gallons of oil began gushing into the water, causing the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. Thousands of pelicans that lived in the Gulf were now in danger of dying because sticky brown oil covered their feathers. Who would come to their rescue?

Look inside to meet the everyday heroes who have found ways to save animals from major oil spills. ...

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Overview

When disaster strikes, people aren't the only ones in danger. On April 20, 2010, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. Millions of gallons of oil began gushing into the water, causing the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. Thousands of pelicans that lived in the Gulf were now in danger of dying because sticky brown oil covered their feathers. Who would come to their rescue?

Look inside to meet the everyday heroes who have found ways to save animals from major oil spills. These brave men and women are able to rescue not only oiled pelicans, but also other seabirds as well as sea otters and sea turtles-sometimes even risking their own lives as they rush in to help.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
This nonfiction book, a title in the "Rescuing Animals from Disasters" series, explores the effects of oil spills on wildlife. The book focuses on the damages done in two main areas: the waters off of Louisiana and the waters off of Alaska. It explains the causes of the oil spills and describes the magnitude of the problems. The author shows how birds, turtles, and sea otters were captured and how workers removed the oil from the animals. A two page spread in the middle highlights one of the rescue workers. Heavily illustrated with appealing photographs and captions, the brief text offers a clear overview of the problem. Back matter includes a list of oil spill rescues around the world and a list of animals in danger from spills, which help readers see this is an international problem affecting numerous types of wildlife. The book contains an index, a bibliography, a glossary, and suggestions for further information. The website listed for further information leads to the publishers sales catalog advertisement for the book series. The book will appeal to a wide range of readers both as research material and as recreational reading. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—After disasters, many animals face certain death unless humans intervene. This series offers true accounts of rescue attempts; some fail, many are successful. Each story is fast-paced and thrilling. The text is in boxes at the tops of the pages, while captioned photos fill the bottoms. The stories can be heart-wrenching; e.g., Earthquakes explains that a panda was crushed to death during a quake and the cover of Floods shows a pig fighting to keep its head above water. Each title ends with one page of famous disasters and rescues and another explaining which animals are at risk from the catastrophes. Important, current introductions for young environmentalists and animal lovers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617722882
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Rescuing Animals from Disasters Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,410,987
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Kayla to the Rescue 4

Racing to the Coast 6

Explosion in the Gulf 8

Oil and Wildlife 10

Cleaning Oiled Birds 12

Turtle Patrol 14

The Great Egg Rescue 16

Wildlife Hero 18

Disaster in Alaska 20

Learning from Nuka 22

Lasting Dangers 24

Back to the Wild 26

Famous Oil Spills and Rescues 28

Animals at Risk from Spills 29

Glossary 30

Bibliography 31

Read More 31

Learn More Online 31

Index 32

About the Author 32

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