Wildlife Ranger Action Guide: Track, Spot & Provide Healthy Habitat for Creatures Close to Home

Storey. Mar. 2020. 176p. Tr $28.95. ISBN 9781635861075; pap. $18.95. ISBN 9781635861068.
Gr 3-6–This action guide encourages children to set up their own wildlife preserve in their backyard. The text covers animals found in North America, primarily focusing on the United States. Readers are advised to create and keep a notebook listing all the backyard wildlife they observe. The first chapter explains how to use the book, how to set up a blind observation, and how to use the observation notebook. Each chapter describes members of the animal kingdom: insects, mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Chapters contain field guides for common representatives of each animal. The field guides describe facts about a specific animal, dietary habits, and habitats. Several experiments or crafts to replicate are provided. These activities would make great programs for libraries. Back matter includes a glossary and a list of further resources (websites, books, and apps). Front matter features a table of contents. The book is very colorful and showcases a mix of photographs and wildlife drawings.
VERDICT A book full of fun, educational activities. Highly recommended for all libraries.

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