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Zoo Scientists to the Rescue

Zoo Scientists to the Rescue
by Patricia Newman, photographs by Annie Crawley
Millbrook Press, 2018

Written in kid-friendly terms, this book provides a fascinating, in-depth look at how zoo scientists are helping orangutans, black-footed ferrets and black rhinos, three animals on the Critically Endangered list.

Meredith Bastian studied orangutans in the field for several years, observing behaviors from the moment they woke, until they laid down to sleep. Her data has helped orangutans in both the wild and in zoos. She later worked at the Philadelphia Zo to integrate conservation into its operation.

Jeff Baughman helps manage the revival of the almost extinct black-footed ferret. In 1981 130 ferrets were discovered and Jeff is instrumental in expanding the population and returning it to the wild.

Rachel Santymire studied black rhinos in Africa to learn how to help them in zoos and in the field.  Rachel specializes in studying ‘poop’, which provides invaluable information about their lives.

The book also provides zoo history, conservation, and career information about zoo scientists.  The photos are outstanding and draw in both young and adult readers.

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Bulldozer Helps Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulldozer Helps Out
by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017

Another Little Bulldozer book, this one with a heart-warming twist at the end.

Little Bulldozer watches the big equipment vehicles work at the construction site.  He finally gets up his courage and tells the big vehicles that he can help.  They all agree he’s too little, not rough and tough enough.  But then they remember a small job he can do and Little Bulldozer proudly goes to his new job site.  He nudges away at a pile.  At the end of work, the big equipment vehicles look his way and saw that Little Bulldozer hadn’t done a single thing they’d asked!  You’ll have to read this one to find out why, and why the big equipment vehicles were proud of Little Bulldozer.  Lots of construction site action and a lot of love and caring shared among the vehicles.

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Pond

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Pond
by Jim LaMarche
Simon and Schuster for Young Readers, 2016

Beautiful, quiet illustrations invite readers into the story as we follow a boy who explores an empty terrain.  He comes upon water bubbling up and has an idea.  He recruits his friends Matt and Kate and the three clean up the land, block off the water and form a pond.  They fix up an old boat, learn about wildlife and minerals when Kate brings out her books.  To celebrate summer’s end, they camp out, to celebrate fall they watch bird migrations, and in winter they ice skate.  In spring they climb the nearby hills and discover the ponds true shape—and understand their passion for the pond.  Illustrations in acrylics, colored pencils and inks bring a rich outdoor experience into the reader’s heart.

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Where’s the Elephant?

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Where’s the Elephant?

by Stephane-Yves Barroux
Candlewick Press, 2016

When I opened the pages, I assumed the book was like a “Where’s Waldo”, where I was to look for the elephant, parrot and snake on each page, but as I kept turning the pages, a new light dawned.  With each page-turn the forest grew smaller and smaller.  A few cut trees soon grew into a growing city.  Eventually the animals were captured in a zoo.  To my relief, they escaped and returned to the wild.  Where’s the Elephant? is a very clever way to introduce children to deforestation.  The story was inspired when author/artist Barroux watched parts of the Amazon be burned down to turn into soy production.  A must read for environmentally-conscious families; even the youngest can grasp the concept in this brilliantly told and illustrated story.

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