How to Save a Species

By Ellen Butcher , Jonathan Baillie and Marilyn Baillie

From 8 to 12 | 48 pages

How to Save a Species brings readers as close as they may ever get to some of the most endangered animals and plants on earth. Highlighting the efforts of scientists, communities and campaign groups, it includes astonishing success stories of species that have been saved from the edge of extinction, as well as urgent cases needing instant
action.

With a logbook-style layout and full-color photographs throughout, the book profiles 17 of the world's 100 most endangered species, as identified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – a list reflecting research from thousands of experts from around the world, including co-author Dr. Jonathan Baillie. (The full list is provided at the back of the book.)

Readers will delve into the world of animals and plants both rare and interesting, such as the humpback whale, spoon-billed sandpiper, wild yam, and pygmy three-toed sloth. They will come away with a newfound understanding of the cooperative work and action plans needed from both scientists and citizens to protect animals from extinction.

"Striking photographs and clear explanatory text... An appealing and effective way to convey an important message."
- Kirkus Reviews
"A thorough exploration of several endangered animals, which may well encourage readers to take an active interest in protecting wildlife."
- Publishers Weekly
"...an engaging look at endangered species and what is being done, or needs to be done, to save them... Children will be fascinated, and hopefully alarmed, at the sometimes low numbers of each species remaining in the wild." - Booklist
"This slim volume provides an up-to-date overview of several animals and plants that are endangered." - Library Media Connection
"Serves as a great introduction to conservation biology, and will hook readers with its fascinating images." - Quill & Quire
"This book for middle school children makes for an informative and engaging read that could complement any science lesson on the topic of endangered species." - Green Teacher Magazine
"This book introduces readers to 17 different species and discusses what the threats are, and what actions have been taken." - Ithaca Child
"What makes this an excellent book is how the writers convey a positive message about a serious worldwide issue... highly recommended for both school and public libraries." - Resource Links
Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Express (Non-Fiction) Award, 2015
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens (starred selection), 2015

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