What happens when a plant or animal loses its habitat? From the start of this well-written if slightly uneven installment in the "Our World: Our Future" series, Dalgleish introduces the connections between the plants, animals and their habitats, then she addresses human impact. She asks when is fishing over-fishing, and what is an alien invasion. She mentions some of the effects of single-source farming, all farmers working from the same seed stock and thus decreasing biodiversity, and trophy hunters that kill animals and plants to decorate their houses. While not going into great detail, she does cover many basic problems, if few of the solutions that are being worked on worldwide. The book includes a couple of simple projects including one called "Collect animal tracks," which encourages hands-on experiences with nature. Like others in the series, this book has boxed messages on each page, titled "Stop & Think," and 'You Can Do It!" The boxes bring the information to the reader's personal level. The layout is attractive with the boxes, pictures and captions, and the main text all given enough space for easy reading. Included are sections titled Think Globally and Sustaining Our World as well as a glossary and an index. 2002, Chelsea House Publishers, Hansen
Gr 4-6-Focusing on the interconnections that bring together all living things, these titles challenge children to think globally and act locally. Wildlife discusses habitats, changing weather, greed, and vanishing species. Water concentrates on the need to preserve the fresh water available to sustain life and to minimize both use and pollution. Each two-page chapter includes a highlighted question, while sidebars give suggestions for simple experiments."You Can Do It" sections offer practical ideas that will enable youngsters to participate in maintaining a healthy planet. The unrelenting bad news regarding the condition of the Earth detailed in both books is mitigated by the suggestion that children can, and perhaps must, take action no matter how minor these acts may seem. Turning off lights, buying only what is needed, and being careful about what is put down household drains are all actions that can help raise environmental awareness. The busy pages with full-color photos, diagrams, and varied typeface will appeal to both browsers and report writers.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.