Panda Rescue: All About Pandas and How To Save Them

9781426320880. ea vol: 112p. (NG Kids Mission: Animal Rescue). further reading. illus. index. maps. photos. websites. National Geographic. Mar. 2016. pap. $12.99.
Gr 4–7—These books provide general background information about the topic animal—largely focusing on conservation efforts. Each title includes interviews with scientists and conservationists, graphics about ways students can get involved in the preservation of these creatures, and information about why pandas and sharks are becoming endangered. The books feature several engaging visual elements: sidebars that resemble comic strips, fact boxes, and large photographs. The images are bright, appealing, and eye-catching. Though the pages are broken up with visual elements, many include dense blocks of text. The photos are sure to engage reluctant readers, but the text itself may be better utilized by those with previous background knowledge. The comprehensive back matter is well organized and great for reports. There are student-friendly print and online resources, as well as lists of conservation organizations and international zoos and research centers where sharks and pandas can be seen.
VERDICT Purchase for collections where HMH's "Scientists in the Field" is popular or for schools with active conservation clubs.

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