Gr 5-8-A chronological history of the conservation movement in the U.S., beginning with the 1870s and continuing to the present time. Whitman attributes our national park system and conservation ideals to the forwarding-looking naturalists of the 19th century. She also reports that there have been more setbacks than victories-often in the name of ``progress''-but encourages activism and concern for the environment on a global scale. Sepia-toned photographs, many of which are small and murky, are more effective for the historical than contemporary sections. The index is a bit confusing, e.g., ``passenger pigeon. See birds,'' while under ``birds, See also endangered species; extinction of species.'' However, the text is clear, readable, and interesting even when recounting often-told tales of bison and passenger pigeon. A serviceable introduction.-Eva Elisabeth Von Ancken, Trinity Pawling School, NY
This interesting historical overview traces the American conservation movement from its beginnings in 1870, when a group of prominent citizens visited Yellowstone and decided that the federal government should preserve the area, through today, when the major concerns are recycling, oil spills, and nuclear disaster. Numerous quotes add to the book's effectiveness, as do a variety of sepia-tinted photographs. Overall, the book has a crisp, clean, visually attractive appearance that adds to its appeal. Bibliography appended.