SAVING ENDANGERED ANIMALS by Alvin Silverstein

SAVING ENDANGERED ANIMALS

Age Range: 12 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Current information (in the ``Better Earth'' series) on a timely topic, severely undermined by poor organization and choppy writing. Though they discuss international conservation efforts, disaster control, and how teens can help, the authors constantly oversimplify: e.g., having suggested three main causes of extinction, they deal with each in two or three brief paragraphs; the world as an ecosystem gets just one. The book is riddled with questions like ``Do we humans own our planet, or should we be caretakers of the world, working to preserve it and all of its creatures?'' The text is broken by photos and boxes of odd facts; In the chapter on extinction, one such box burbles, ``Bald eagles mate for life...An African elephant eats up to 600 pounds of leaves, branches, bark, fruit and berries a day,'' etc. Still, the Silversteins do quote current scientists involved in animal rescue and provide addresses and phone numbers for organizations active in conservation. Chapter notes (awkwardly placed at the end); brief ``Further Reading''; unhelpful glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-89490-402-7
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Enslow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1993




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