Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thinking About Endangered Animals

I’m packing and otherwise getting ready to go to the 2011 meeting of the AASL in Minneapolis tomorrow and, since I’ll be talking about the chiru, I thought it might be appropriate to interrupt the discussion on beginnings to share a sampling of books about other animals who, like the chiru, are or have teetered on the edge of existence.

Ellis, Carol. Apes Endangered. Benchmark, 2010. (One of a series of books on endangered animals).

Firestone, Mary. Top 50 Reasons to Care About Elephants. Enslow, 2010.

Kurlansky, Mark. World Without Fish. Workman, 2011.

Lasky, Kathryn. Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles. Candlewick, 2006.

Montaigne, Fen. Fraser’s Penguins: A Journey to the Future in Antarctica. Henry Holt 2010. (for teens and adults).

Montgomery, Sy. Spell of the Tiger: The Man-eaters of the Sundarbans, Houghton Mifflin, 1995.

_____________. Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot. (illustrated by Nic Bishop). Houghton Mifflin, 2010. Siebert Medal Winner 2011.

Safina, Carl. Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur. Holt (paper) 2007.

Sinha, Vivek, R. The Vanishing Wild Tigers: Co-Predator and Prey Species. Anova, 2003. (for all ages).

Turner, Pamela S. A Life in the Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts. Farrar Straus & Giroux.

Only by understanding the peril can we act to prevent it. I hope this list will be a useful beginning for some readers.

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