Search Results: "Dorothy Hinshaw Patent"


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SUPER SNIFFERS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Too many topics result in an ambitious but ultimately rather dry work. (index, resources) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An exploration of the many jobs dogs, with their superior sense of smell, do for humans. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 15, 2001

"This is not a piece that exactly pulls the reader along, but it is clear and informative and makes a creative life in science seem worthy and satisfying. (Biography. 10+)"
In the introduction to Patent's cogent, thoughtful biography of Charles Darwin, she explains his importance as an icon of science, for without his discovery of evolution through the mechanism of natural selection, "biology makes no sense." Read full book review >

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NATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Muddy b&w photos; annotated bibliography; source notes (including interviews); index. (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
A brief but effective introduction to the challenges of wildlife habitat preservation, with helpful suggestions for action by young readers. Read full book review >

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SEALS, SEA LIONS AND WALRUSES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Nov. 15, 1990

A fine introduction to the pinnipeds (three families of mammals that include true seals, fur seals, sea lions, and walruses), discussing their ancestry, anatomy, diet, life cycle, habits, and endangered status. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A sure hit with dog lovers everywhere. (timeline, glossary, further resources, index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The story of Military Working Dogs and Specialized Search Dogs is presented in a fascinating, full-color volume. Read full book review >

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THE CHALLENGE OF EXTINCTION by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Glossary; further reading; places to write for information; index. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
The causes of extinction, the importance of genetic diversity, and efforts to alter conditions that threaten nearly 20% of all species on earth in the next 20 to 30 years. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"High-quality photographs illustrate Ira's journey from cuddly puppy to confident working guide dog. (author's note, list of organizations, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Ira is an appealing golden retriever puppy who grows into his job as a guide dog in this latest effort from a prolific and respected science writer for children. Read full book review >

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BIODIVERSITY by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"Still, this is an attractive and personal discussion of an important issue. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Patent (Children Save the Rain Forest, p. 903, etc.) stresses the importance of protecting the planet's rich gene pool for the survival of all species, and makes clear that seemingly insignificant species may provide medicines and products of great usefulness. Read full book review >

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PRAIRIES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"The full-color photographs are remarkable; fully keyed to the text, they often cross the line from illustration to fine art. (map, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
This information book is the epitome of clarity, and the beauty of its subject is captured in superb photographs. Read full book review >

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QUETZAL by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Exquisite, realistic drawings in colored pencil illustrate the sacred bird depicted in ancient art, as well as the contemporary endangered bird and modern Mesoamericans. (maps, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Patent (Children Save the Rain Forest, p. 903, etc.) selects stories from the Mayan and Aztec tradition regarding the quetzal—a striking, vividly plumed bird of the rain forest—for this title in the Sacred Animal series. Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE DOGS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
The prolific Patent at her best, with a succinct, well researched, and informative rundown of the prairie rodent's lifestyle and social organization, plus a clear presentation of its controversial role: knowing that 400 or so prairie dogs eat enough grass to maintain a cow, ranchers (and the US) have exterminated them by the millions (``Their numbers have been reduced by about 90 percent''). Read full book review >