Quirk. (Wild World Handbook: Bk. 2). Nov. 2021. 192p. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781683692683.
Gr 3-5–This fascinating and wide-ranging title connects animals, habitats, and the protection of our environment, detailing a variety of ways to approach wildlife and preservation. Divided into chapters that each explore a different type of animal—insect, bird, mammal or animal habitat, such as land animals or ocean creatures—the work features short sections that highlight different aspects of these species. Each chapter begins with an introduction to the species and interesting facts. Debbink then introduces a scientist or activist who has focused on this animal; many of these are women, young adults, or others who may not be familiar to most readers. This biographical section provides scientific details as well as fun facts. The subsequent sections, within each chapter, include field trip ideas, activities to support a particular animal’s continued survival, and details on a specific scientific project that contributed to the study and protection of this species. What sounds in summary like a massive amount of information hooks readers from the beginning. It can be used by students at a variety of reading levels while providing many avenues of environmental exploration for all. The back matter includes a list of websites and resources for more information, arranged by species, as well as a bibliography and index.
VERDICT A treasure trove of animals, familiar as well as not so well-known, and the scientists and activists who help them survive and thrive.

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