In this title from the "Service Learning" series, potential volunteers learn about the variety of community groups caring for animals, both domestic and wild, and the skills and commitment working with them entails. Vivid color photographs on nearly every page illustrate the many duties, requirements and challenges faced by those working with animals. The text does a good job of defining service learning and relaying the advantages service learning can have to both the volunteer and recipient of their services. It is suggested that volunteers also keep a journal to reflect on successes and hardships of each day of service. Glossary, index, web site and organizational addresses are included. 2000, Children's Press, . Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Mary Sue Preissner
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-These books for reluctant readers explain various opportunities for which volunteers are needed. Ideas for how to get involved are presented along with what to expect and ways to document one's experiences for service-learning programs. The concept of volunteering is presented as a learning experience, thus the name of this series. Neighborhood gives ideas for joining established neighborhood groups and ideas for starting one's own group. Evaluating the project is explained clearly and concisely. In Animals, the tone is much lighter with cutesy chapter titles such as "Who, What, Where, Woof" and "Paws and Reflect." "Gimme shelter" is one of the subheadings. Overall, however, the book is a good introduction to this field. Both public and school libraries should consider purchasing these attractive and readable titles; they offer introductions to and advice on these increasingly popular programs.-Marilyn Fairbanks, Azure IRC, Brockton High School, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.