PreS-Gr 2-This cheerful introduction to protecting the environment combines a reverse counting book with illustrations showing conservation in action. Each double-page scene includes a group of animals from 12 to 1 engaging in activities that their human counterparts can emulate. For example, eight condors collect litter. Four rhinos use rechargeable batteries. The illustrations in colored pencil and pastels radiate good humor, concern, and a positive approach to problem solving. Youngest listeners can concentrate on counting the animals in each scene. A five-page section at the end gives a paragraph about each conservation method. A simple, positive look at a complex contemporary issue.-Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
In this reverse counting book, which is printed on recycled paper, 12 different endangered animals explain their efforts to help save the earth. Colorful double-page spreads for each anthropomorphically dressed species allow children to observe crocodiles car pooling, tigers turning off faucets, otters sorting trash, turtles searching for cans, condors collecting litter, chimps changing lightbulbs, bears bundling newspapers, leopards learning about recycling, rhinos using rechargeable batteries, pandas planting trees, and whales watching for polluters--and, also, one elephant enjoying the earth. Additional information about each topic is appended for teachers or interested readers. Attractive and timely, this will be popular as a counting book as well as an ideal choice for spring story hours or Earth Day celebrations. A portion of the royalties will be donated to Friends of the Earth.