Let's Save the Animals
Let's Save the Animals
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Annotation: Describes human activities that are threatening the existence of such animals as the black rhinoceros, giant panda, African elephant, and Hector's dolphin, in a text with flaps that can be lifted to see some aspects of each animal's behavior.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #52390
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Special Formats: Lift Up Flap Book
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 40
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: 0-7636-4501-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-4501-4
Dewey: 591.68
LCCN: 2009022117
Dimensions: 25 x 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Although there are plenty of children's books about animals and wildlife conservation, Barry's engaging entry brings young children into the conversation without sacrificing an ounce of kid appeal. Sporting a rounded cover, sturdy pages, and inventive die-cut flaps, this primer presents 10 endangered species in their natural habitats, including such favorites as the emperor penguin, African elephant, and orangutan. Barry's superb, colorful paper-collage illustrations feature close-ups of friendly looking animals, and the book's reinforced and cleverly constructed flaps reveal a second view of each creature and its environment. The simple text is filled with dynamic action verbs ("I'd save the polar bear, strolling across the ice / and diving into the Arctic Ocean"), while smaller type tucked into the illustrations details the environmental and human threats facing the animals. Endpapers feature a world map showing where each species lives, a sidebar of interesting facts, and a list of 10 things children can do to protect wildlife.
Publishers Weekly

Each oblong spread in this eye-catching and informative book features endangered animals rendered in matte paper collage. Large flaps show animals engaging in multiple activities (a polar bear is seen “strolling across the ice,” then “diving into the Arctic Ocean”). The playful expressions of Barry's lively animals make the final spreads all the more stark, as they reappear in black die-cut silhouettes. A page turn, and they're “gone forever.” End-pages help answer the closing question, “How can I help?” Ages 4–7. (Feb.)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1&12; Each spread highlights an endangered animal, such as the Amur tiger and giant panda. A flap in the middle of the spread, when flipped, reveals the same animal in a different pose. The concept worked well in Duckie&9;s Rainbow (2004) and Duckie&9;s Ducklings (2005, both Candlewick) because the flipping of the page enhanced the visualization of what Barry was trying to show: for example, actually creating a rainbow. The flaps do not work that way here; they merely provide a novel way of presenting the material. Nevertheless, this book will appeal to children as the collage illustrations are attractive. There are also two levels of information: simple sentences make up the core of the text&12;&4;I&9;d save the orangutan, stretching from branch to branch&4;&12;and incidental facts about the dangers facing each animal are written at a higher level and set in small type. This book could be used in a classroom setting to discuss endangered animals with young children, but it lacks the flair of the &4;Duckie&4; titles.&12; Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

Bold illustrations, big flaps, and an ingenious die-cut design invite young
readers to peek at the lives of endangered animals — and learn how to help. (Ages 4-7)

Did you know that a giant panda likes to do somersaults? That a black rhinoceros can run faster than an Olympic sprinter? That a monarch butterfly flies up to eighty miles a day? All of these animals — and many more, from tigers to elephants to polar bears, orangutans to dolphins, penguins to sea turtles — are disappearing, threatened by deforestation,
poaching, fishing nets, global warming, and more. After enjoying the book’s eye-catching, dramatic format, kids can follow the simple suggestions offered to help save the animals.
Back matter includes conservation ideas.

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