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Journey of the Red Wolf
by Roland Smith

Human war on animal predators nearly ended the 700,000 year history of red wolves by the 1970s. An attractive selection of color photographs and an informative text recount how the Red Wolf Recovery Program is working to re-establish the species by raising animals in captivity for return to the wild. Especially interesting for children who enjoy reading about working with wild animals

PAPERBACK


101 Q & A About Backyard Wildlife
by Ann Squire, Jennifer Dirubbio (Illustrator)

Quiet and unpretentious, with no glossy color pictures but with precise black-and-white drawings, this small, attractive book is an immensely readable, fact-filled account of the birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and other creatures children might see in their own backyards. The question-and-answer format makes browsing easy and will keep kids reading, in the classroom and on their own. These are things you might wonder about or might not have thought to ask about: Why don't birds sing in the winter? Are bats really blind? Does a snail ever outgrow its shell? The answers aren't just snippets of data but are quite detailed information about animal physiology and behavior. The combination of casual style, excellent black-and-white drawings, and remarkable facts makes this science an exciting part of everyday life.

HARDCOVER


The Most Beautiful Roof in the World :
Exploring the Rainforest Canopy
by Kathryn Lasky,
Christopher G. Knight (Photographer)

Lasky's unusually vivid introduction to the rainforest follows biologist Meg Lowman into the canopy to look at plants and animals. The director of research and conservation at a center in Florida, Lowman travels with her two young sons to a rain forest site in Belize. There she and her assistant climb into the canopy and perform their experiments. They inspect leaves eaten by insects, look at "ant gardens" in the treetops, and observe the activities of various insects and animals and their effects on plant life. Later, the scientist takes her sons on their first trip to the canopy and then for an evening nature walk on the forest floor. The narrative approach to nature study can be tedious, but Lasky's writing creates scenes and relates facts in ways that are vivid and memorable. Every page of this large-format book features colorful photographs that reflect the you-are-there quality of the text: long-range views of the forest, close-ups of individual species, and many pictures of Lowman and her sons, which have a natural, unstudied look. Fresh in outlook and intriguing in details, this book will strengthen any library collection on the rainforest.

HARDCOVER


An Extraordinary Life :
The Story of a Monarch Butterfly
by Laurence Pringle, Bob Marstall (Illustrator)

A map of a monarch butterfly's migratory route from Massachusetts to Mexico sets the stage for this exceptional book. Rather than giving the usual survey of the habits, habitat, life cycle, and predators of butterflies, Pringle brings immediacy to his subject by focusing sharply on one monarch, whom he names Danaus. Beginning as an egg on the leaf of a milkweed plant, Danaus goes from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly and makes the long flight to Mexico. There she survives the winter, mates, and flies north to Texas, where she lays her own eggs in a milkweed field. The surprisingly absorbing story of Danaus' life is followed by a discussion of the monarchs' endangered winter refuges in Mexico and an explanation of how to raise monarch butterflies from the caterpillar stage. Throughout the book, Marstall's colorful paintings offer clear, brilliantly colored illustrations of the caterpillars growing, eating, resting, mating, avoiding predators, and flying, flying, flying. An excellent book on a popular species.

HARDCOVER


Back to the Wild
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,
William Munoz (Illustrator)

Patent (Biodiversity, 1996, etc.) describes some of the current conservation programs that preserve endangered animals by capturing wild specimens, breeding them in captivity, and reintroducing offspring to the wild. The American red wolf, black-footed ferret, Florida panther, the Madagascar lemur, and the Brazilian golden lion tamarin are some of the animals in captive breeding programs. Noting the difficulties and failures of such programs, Patent introduces-- without going into detail--the concerns conservationists have raised about such programs: scarce resources directed away from environmental and habitat protection; captive and released animals having a high mortality rate; the ethical issues surrounding genetic tinkering; the selection of popular animals (large, cuddly mammals are chosen while thousands of other endangered species are ignored); and the destruction of existing competing species in a range to permit the reintroduction of a particular species. Patent acknowledges that habitat protection is cheaper and more effective, but concludes that captive breeding programs are a ``hopeful tool for conservation of species around the world.'' Full-color photographs of animals in and out of captivity enhance the whole.

HARDCOVER


Monteverde : Science and Scientists in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest (Venture Books - Science)
by Sneed B., Iii Collard

Collard documents his trip to the high altitude tropical forest, discussing the scientists who work in Monteverde as well as the plants, animals, and climate they study. Additional information is provided in featured sections, which, along with black-and-white photos, are interspersed throughout the book. However, the layout of the sections somewhat interrupts the flow of the main text. Two color photograph sections are included.

LIBRARY BINDING


Buffalo : The American Bison Today
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, William Menoz (Photographer), William Munoz (Illustrator)

A vivid description of the life of the buffalo in each season of the year details its ways of courtship, birth, and winter survival. "Will make a useful addition to any library collection not only as a behavioral study of the American bison but as a success story in wildlife management and the return of an endangered species.

PAPERBACK


Where the Bald Eagles Gather
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, William Munoz (Photographer)

A vivid photo essay describes the annual fall gathering of bald eagles in Glacier National Park, Montana. "It's absorbing and, in the best sense, educational.

PAPERBACK


3D Eyewitness: Insect

A new way of seeing, a new way of learning! With its dazzling 3-D color photos and unique mirror viewer, 3-D Eyewitness reveals the natural world as never seen before.

Follow the clues on each fact-filled page to see extraordinary details in amazing 3-D close-up. The more you look, the more you learn!

PAPERBACK


3D Eyewitness: Plant

A new way of seeing, a new way of learning! With its dazzling 3-D color photos and unique mirror viewer, 3-D Eyewitness reveals the natural world as never seen before.

Follow the clues on each fact-filled page to see extraordinary details in amazing 3-D close-up. The more you look, the more you learn!

PAPERBACK


3D Eyewitness: Reptile

A new way of seeing, a new way of learning! With its dazzling 3-D color photos and unique mirror viewer, 3-D Eyewitness reveals the natural world as never seen before.

Follow the clues on each fact-filled page to see extraordinary details in amazing 3-D close-up. The more you look, the more you learn!

PAPERBACK


The African Cats (First Books: Animals)
by Geoffrey C. Saign

No review

SCHOOL & LIBRARY BINDING


African Wildlife (Africa Today)
by Warren J. Halliburton

Describes the four major habitats found on the African continent and the animals that live there.

LIBRARY BINDING


Amazing Sea Creatures
(Extraordinary Animals Series)

by Andrew Brown

Sea animals have special bodies that help them survive in the water. Using striking illustrations, Amazing Sea Creatures shows their smooth skin or sleek scales and explains in simple terms how they breathe and how different parts of their bodies help them move easily through the water. Full color.

PAPERBACK


A Young Reader's Look at the Last Frontier
by Peter Lourie, Marcos Santilli (Photographer)
Catherine Campbell Wright - Children's Literature

Children can journey through the heart of the Amazon and ride the Devil's Railroad, witness the burning of the jungle, visit colonists and gold miners, Indians and rubber-tappers. This book provides a dramatic look at the endangered rainforest and the people who call it home. Readers travel along with the author and photographer as they share their incredible journey along the great river known as the Amazon. Stunning photographs assist in highlighting this first-hand account through the Brazilian state of Rondonia. This book will open many eyes and help to develop a much-needed awareness of the fragile state of this corner of the world.

PAPERBACK


Amphibians in Danger :
A Worldwide Warning (Single Title)
by Ron Fridell

Customer Comments

Pat Walsh from Evanston, Illinois , March 25, 1999

This is science and mystery!

Amphibians in Danger reminds all readers that frogs, toads, and salamanders have been on Earth for a very, very long time, but that now these amphibians are dying at an alarming rate. This engaging account for young adult and adult readers tells about the work of field scientists, politicians, and even Minnesota school children, who for the past twenty years have attempted to identify the cause of malformed and disappearing amphibians. Could it be global climate changes, erosion of the ozone layer, viruses, bacteria, pesticides, or acid rain? More than 80 colorful photographs and interesting anecdotes of awesome behaviors help the reader appreciate the special nature of the world's amphibians. The scientists engaged in amphibian study take their work seriously, because they know the stakes are high. They are not just trying to save amphibians. This book tells us that they are trying to save us all.

SCHOOL & LIBRARY BINDING


The Animal Atlas (Everyday Life of Animals)
by Fulvio Cerfolli, Ivan Stalio (Illustrator)

No review

LIBRARY BINDING


Animal Builders
by Jeremy. Cherfas

Describes the various skills that animals exhibit in building nests, traps, and larders.

LIBRARY BINDING


Animal Dazzlers : The Role of Brilliant Colors in Nature (First Book) by Sneed B. Collard Iii, Sneed B., III Collard

No review

SCHOOL & LIBRARY BINDING


Animal Fact-File : Head-To-Tail Profiles of over 90 Mammals by Tony, Dr. Hare, Alison Warner

Animal Fact-file is a visual guide to the most important and most interesting anatomical peculiarities of the world's most irresistible animals.

This collection gives children a rare opportunity to explore such animal-lover's delights as a gorilla's footprint, a dolphin's blowhole, a hippo's ears, or the bottom of an elephant's foot at a glance.

Generous two-page spreads exhibit each mammal's physiology right down to the bone, with x-ray views of their skeletons and skull structure. Side-by-side comparisons pinpoint characteristics that distinguish each mammal from similar species, as well as their scale in relation to humans. Each full-color spread also features a fact file providing biological classification, size, coloration, and more.

HARDCOVER
 


Animal Grossology : The Science of Creatures Gross and Disgusting (Grossology Series)
by Sylvia Branzei, Jack Keely (Illustrator)

"Humans make about one liter of saliva a day. A sheep or goat, up to 15 liters per day. Coming in first by producing almost 200 liters of saliva daily; the cow." "If you place a hagfish in a bucket of seawater, this animal drips so much slime that a thick layer of mucus will float on the water after several hours." Just when you thought it was safe...Animal Grossology's Sylvia Branzei proves she still knows what fascinates and really disgusts kids of all ages. Sure, there's bird poop on the cover. Yeah, there's a lot of information inside that can function as an appetite suppressant. Fortunately, Branzei tosses into this icky concoction a heaping helping of real and memorable scientific facts.

PAPERBACK


Virtual Grossology : See It! Touch It! Hear It! Smell It! Taste It (Planet Dexter's Grossology Series) by Sylvia Branzei, Jack Keely (Illustrator)

No Grossology fan should rest easy until this special edition is in his or her edition. Here is a special, deluxe edition of the multi-sensory gift sensation. The text and illustrations themselves are of the same Grossology that has won hearts and turned stomachs across the nation.

PAPERBACK


Animal Homes : A National Geographic Action Book by Jeffrey Terreson (Illustrator), Alice Jablonsky

Customer Comments A reader from Fort Lauderdale, FL , July 29, 1998

Startling Pop-Ups of incredible quality!!

A magnificent book, children LOVE the pop-ups and pulling the tabs to see what else is hiding . Just enough dialogue to convey information on the various animals without the children getting restless: a family of foxes, flying squirrels; building a birds nest( an incredible(" pop-out ") the beaver dam, the bee hive all mind boggling 3-d effect. I've been a school volunteer for 5 years Kindy to 3rd grade and on a scale of 1 to 10 it's a 10.

HARDCOVER


Animals Eat the Weirdest Things
by Diane Swanson, Terry Smith (Illustrator)

A people's-eye-view of the strange and unusual eating habits found in the animal kingdom; children will be drawn to the disgusting realm of meals made of spit, vomit, cigarettes, skin, and dandruff, just to name of few. Swanson is not subtle; among the chapter headings are ``Ooze, Vomit and Dung,'' ``Blood, Skin, and Cast-Off Parts,'' ``Rotting Flesh and Bones.'' Common and little-known facts burst forth; vampire bats suck blood, the hawfinch dines on cherry pits, puffins eat whale dung, and porcupines munch sweaty wood. The chapters are clearly organized topically, but a dearth of subheadings and a profusion of sidebars makes for intimidating spreads. One creature per spread is singled out for illustration, so many animals may be mentionede.g., the lammergeier, the Lapland longspurbut not fully identified. The author's meticulous research is evident here; despite the poor layout and arrangement of text, children will ``eat up'' the gross-me-out notions and digest good scientific information.

HARDCOVER


Animals of the Rain Forest (Animals by Habitat) by Stephen Savage

Each slim volume introduces a unique ecological habitat and highlights its diverse animal species. The clear maps, color photographs, and bland but succinct texts provide detail about the animals' unique characteristics and environmental needs. The books each include a paragraph that discusses serious ecological threats such as over hunting, deforestation, and pollution.

LIBRARY BINDING


Animals on the Inside : A Book of Discovery & Learning by Andres Llamas Ruiz, Nancy B. Simmons

Gr. 3-6. Children who are researching a favorite animal and want to investigate the anatomical basis of its special identity will find this book very appealing. Not many young readers care whether jellyfish have gonads (they do), but camels' humps, baboons' buttocks, and kangaroos' pouches will surely draw some interest. Darker lines should have been used for the labelling on the pictures (it's sometimes difficult to trace a line's origin), and nowhere are the lurid colors used for the body parts explained. Still, the text, which serves as a bridge between a basic animal book and a biology textbook, will attract some young readers.

PAPERBACK

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