Endangered Mammals of North Americaby Victoria Sherrow, Sandee Cohen
Since mammals first appeared on earth, more species have arisen and become extinct than the total number of species now living. Extinction is a natural part of life. Awareness of the need for wildlife preservation has increased steadily throughout the twentieth century. Nothing can bring back a lost species, and nobody knows for sure what is lost when an animal vanishes forever.
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The book, Endangered Mammals of North America by Victoria Sherrow brings light to the issue of endangered species. The book includes several different endangered animals ranging from the ocean, for example the Caribbean Manatee to mammals on land such as the Mount Graham Red Squirrel. Sherrow depicts the animals’ features and the history of each one. She then goes on to explain why each animal is in danger and what is being done by the people to try and save them. One comment that especially stood out to me was that more species have arisen and become extinct than the total number living now. Species are dying out far faster than they did in the past. Sherrow explains that this is due to deforestation, destruction of wetlands, natural disasters as well as conditions in which the animals could not adapt to. To get the audience’s attention Sherrow also included how these animals help to keep the environment stable through diagrams and research. I would recommend this book to middle schoolers because of the pictures and easily understood wording that is used. However, this book would also be entertaining to anyone who is very interested in endangered species and what is being done to try and save these animals. Before reading this book I never really thought twice about the impact of these endangered animals and the significance they have on our world. After reading the book I came to the realization that these endangered species need to be protected and I want to help with the process by bringing awareness to the public. Sherrow did an outstanding job in expressing the importance of the animals and the importance of us trying to preserve the wildlife as best we can.