From the last auroch to the last Burchell's zebra, this handsome alphabet book presents an extinct animal for every letter of the alphabet. Through a careful selection of animals that includes insects, fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals, the Markles give an international and historical perspective to extinct species, and introduce the complex and varied reasons behind extinction. A brief paragraph accompanies each full-page (sometimes full-spread) portrait of the featured animal; Dâ€¡valos often includes visual information about its habitat in the meticulously rendered paintings. Some stories will be familiar, e.g., the passenger pigeon killed for sport, but others will be new: the Gull Island vole of Long Island, New York, which became extinct when the soldiers from the Spanish-American War dug up its habitat, or Captain Maclear's rat of the Christmas Islands, which was destroyed by vicious ship rats and the diseases they brought. A good starting point for any inquiry into extinct and endangered species.