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Endangered Animals: And How You Can Help
Good habits for the younger generation
Author: Sam Hutchinson
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press Price: £14.22 / $17.95
Release: 25 August
We’re starting to see many more significant examples of the human impact on climate and the environment than our parents and grandparents ever did. And it’s our children and grandchildren who will inherit a planet whose plant and animal species are gradually being pushed over the brink of extinction. Younger generations are increasingly aware of the precarious balance of life on Earth, and it’s these children that this book it aimed at.
Endangered Animals: And How You Can Help has a very clear message, cover to cover. It takes the reader through seven different environment types – ocean, desert, polar, rainforest, savannah, forests and mountains – providing a short description of the environment and listing the kind of animals that are found there – or those that were found there until hunting, pollution, climate change, deforestation or other forms of human interaction consigned the species to history. The introduction describes the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) ‘red list’ used as a scientific gauge of the level of threat a species is subjected to (plus an eighth level, 'extinct') and each species listed in the book is graded accordingly, detailing the reason for their decline.
Hutchinson’s text is clear and should be simple for a primary school pupil to understand. It’s accompanied by Sarah
Dennis’ distinctive woodblock-style illustrations in primary colours, with environmental scenes for younger pupils to search and find each animal. As a final thought, a ‘You Can Help’ page empowers readers to adopt small-but-effective environmentally friendly habits such as turning off electronic devices, walking and cycling or buying products that use recycled or recyclable packaging.
It’s a good educational tool, encouraging older readers to be more aware of the delicate natural balance that human expansion is upsetting. In its hardback form it will make an attractive library book for young school children to pore over and to identify animals.
Endangered Animals has a very clear message