The latest title in the CitizenKid series offers children an accessible, informative introduction to the importance of biodiversity and the need to protect it.
Mason frames the narrative with an image of Earth as an ark and readers as potential modern-day Noahs who can help preserve the world’s biodiversity. She explains in clear, engaging prose such concepts as species, habitats, ecosystems, food chains, conservation, invasive species, overexploitation, global warming, extinction, captive breeding and fair-trade commerce. Numerous sidebars expand on ideas in the main text. Mason concludes with descriptions of individuals and organizations and the work they do as modern-day Noahs. Practical advice is offered to readers, suggesting simple, everyday things they can do to be good environmental citizens. Thompson’s warm, expressive illustrations are appealing and complementary to the text. Failing to include a list of websites and suggestions for further reading is an unfortunate oversight, especially given the book’s emphasis on individual action—how are kids to find further direction?
An engaging and reasonably practical introduction to environmental stewardship. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)