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Kids Book About Endangered Species – Don’t Let Them Disappear

DON’T LET THEM DISAPPEAR:
12 ENDANGERED SPECIES ACROSS THE GLOBE
Written by Chelsea Clinton
Illustrated by Gianna Marino
(Philomel Books; $17.99, Ages 4-8)

 

book cover art from Don't Let Them Disappear

 

New York Times best-selling author Chelsea Clinton follows the success of her previous middle-grade and YA children’s books about the environment with Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe. This 40 page nonfiction picture book shares the important message that “[e]very animal species is unique and important to life on Earth.” Kids learn more about popular animals (lions, elephants, tigers) while realizing they face extinction because of man-made problems such as habitat destruction, climate change, and poaching—a term that’s defined in a way kids can understand.

 

int artwork by Gianna Marino from Don't Let Them Disappear by Chelsea Clinton

Interior spread from Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe written by Chelsea Clinton with illustrations by Gianna Marino, Philomel Books ©2019.

 

I like how Clinton weaves together facts including animal group names: towers of giraffes and embarrassments of giant pandas. Fun insights will engage kids; for example, when a sea otter finds a particularly useful rock for cracking open those tough clamshells, the otter will travel with their rock.

 

int spread by Gianna Marino from Don't Let Then Disappear by Chelsea Clinton

Interior spread from Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe written by Chelsea Clinton with illustrations by Gianna Marino, Philomel Books ©2019.

 

The closing pages explain why animals are endangered and how we can help by celebrating them on their special days (i.e., July 14th is Shark Awareness Day), placing trash only in trash cans or recycling bins (recycling helps fight global warming), and planting trees to combat climate change. Don’t Let Them Disappear offers an avenue for reflection and family discussions about the effects our decisions have on animals with whom we share the planet. Clinton’s hopeful words encourage us to act; “We can work together to change the future.” 

Gianna Marino’s lively art brings out each animal’s beauty and personality. The twelve featured creatures are depicted in various family groupings, warming the reader’s heart. Don’t forget to check under the cover for a bonus illustration!

 

 

Click here for Clinton’s tour dates.

Read a guest post about Earth Day and endangered animals by Vivian Kirkfield here.

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Exotic Felines In All Their Furry Glory

Back in March Debbie Glade reviewed ZooBorns! and now Ronna Mandel, who has just adopted two rescue kittens, checks out the latest in the series ZooBorns CATS!: The Newest, Cutest Kittens & Cubs From The World’s Zoos ($11.99, Simon & Schuster, ages 4 and up) by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland. And, if you still cannot get enough of these adorable creatures, be sure to visit the ZooBorns website by clicking here.

Published earlier this month, the newest ZooBorns book will make you melt on even the coldest day in winter.  You might find yourself kissing the pages, but fear not! You are not alone in your ooohing and ahhhing.  I, too, have succumbed to the wide-eyed innocence of these kittens and cubs. Many of the animals pictured are endangered, near threatened or vulnerable, and are in need of worldwide conservation efforts. The authors’ commitment to this cause is evident not only by the loving portraits and backgrounds of the cats included, but a portion of all proceeds from ZooBorns book sales goes directly to the AZA’s (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Conservation Endowment Fund. In other words, when you give this book as a gift, you are also helping these different species’ survival!

Whether you are interested in learning more about the Lynx, Cheetah, Clouded Leopard, Sumatran Tiger or the reclusive Rusty-spotted Cat, info about their name, birthday, habitat, population, and conservation efforts are all provided. I had no idea, for example, that Jaguars are “the only big cats native to the Americas and the third-largest cat species in the world.” Fascinating facts like that will keep you turning the pages, but the cuteness and vulnerability of the kittens will make you care.

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