January 25, 2013

Perfect Picture Book Friday - Will We Miss Them? Endangered Species

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, everyone!

I hope it's a little warmer where you live than it is here! We're on day 4 of waking up to sub-zero temperatures and frankly? I've had my fill.  Scout and Jemma have had their fill too.  So has Phyllis.  It's time for drastic measures.  We're open to suggestions :)

Meanwhile, my Perfect Picture Book!

Will We Miss Them? Endangered Species
Written By: Alexandra Wright
Illustrated By: Marshall Peck III
Charlesbridge, 1992, Non-Fiction

Suitable For:  ages 5-8 - I might skip the sentence about poachers for younger readers.  The rest of the book is completely appropriate.

Themes/Topics: animals, endangered species, conservation

Opening: "This book is about some amazing animals that are disappearing from Earth,  Some are becoming scarce because poachers (people who hunt illegally) kill them for their horns, tusks, skins, or fur.  Others are vanishing because they cannot compete with people for space, water or food.  Will we miss these animals?  Can we help save them?  The first step is to learn who they are."

Brief Synopsis: This book introduces young readers to a number of animals that are considered endangered, with the idea that the first step toward helping them is learning about them.

Links To Resources: Endangered Species Activities, Kids Planet website, Endangered Animals Study Guide for Primary Classrooms, Classroom Guide for grades 6-8

Why I Like This Book:  I love animals, and always like books about them, especially endangered species who need our help.  The coolest thing about this book, though, is that it was written by an 11 year old girl!  Isn't that amazing?  Not only is the book full of interesting facts presented from the perspective of an 11 year old, I think the fact that it was written by such a young person and published is very inspiring!

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

And now, since everything around here, including my brain, is frozen, that's all folks!

PPBF bloggers, please leave your post-specific link on the list below.  Looking forward to seeing what everyone picked this week.  Have a great weekend, everyone! and stay warm! :)

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41 comments:

  1. Hi Susanna. Like you I love animals and this is certainly an interesting book to captivate the young. Amazing to see it was written by an eleven year old. How cool!
    As for your weather dilemma, may I suggest you hop on down here. We have reached our national high today and sweltering in the heat. I can't complain as I love it and we are expecting beautiful blue summer skies this long weekend. Picture Perfect!

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  2. delores @ thefeatherednestJanuary 25, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    We're frozen over here too but hey...only 8 more weeks to spring.

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  3. This is a meaningful book. It is a very important topic. It is amazing that an 11-year-old did this. :) I like 11-year-old authors ;) . I am glad you started off PPBF with this book! :D

    2 days ago, we had -2*F, but now the high is about 10*F or less. :( I don't like this. I'm phoning Mother Nature's Nature Services (1-800-EARTH ;) )

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  4. An 11 year old wrote this? Amazing!! (I better get busy-Erik will probably be next!) This looks like a wonderful book. Yesterday, I got excited because a red tailed hawk was sitting in our little crabapple tree outside our kitchen window. I've never seen one so close - but then it made me wonder why...we are in a very urban area...sadly it IS because we are taking over their home territory and he had his eye on the critters at the feeder at our neigbor's. This is wonderful that a young person can raise our awareness - imagine what she will do as an adult!

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  5. Wow, that 11 yr old is setting a good example for all of us! Sounds like a great book for kids. And, we're expecting a small snowstorm today.

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  6. If you figure out what to do about the wicked temperatures, let me know. It's -15˚ here with a windchill that makes it feel like -27˚. That's in Fahrenheit. It sounds even worse in Celsius: -26˚, windchill -33. Any way you slice it, it's TOO COLD!


    That book sounds excellent, and I'm impressed that it's written by an 11-year-old!

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  7. B-r-r-r-r-r-r-r! That is cold. Sorry! Try to stay warm.


    This book sounds great! An 11 year old?...That is amazing. I will have to check this one out. It would be a fabulous classroom resource.

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  8. Glad you like the book, Diane, and Oh. My. Goodness! you are tempting me with your talk of hot weather and picture perfect skies! Sigh... we have a ways to go before we can walk outside in a tee shirt! Enjoy your lovely weekend! :) (They say it might get up to 25 here on Sunday - downright tropical! :))

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  9. Yes! She's written some other books and is all grown up now - a biologist or something, I forget - but isn't that cool? Very inspiring for kids, I think. Maybe Phyllis and I will invite ourselves to Texas... it MUST be warmer there! :) Although we have reached a scorching 11 degrees this morning. Time to break out the bathing suits :)

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  10. This is why I don't live in Canada, Beth! New York is bad enough :) You could come visit me and it would be like a tropical vacation for you :) And yes, very impressive (and a little demoralizing :)) that this book was written by an 11 year old!

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  11. Yes indeed - a little sobering that an 11 year old can do what we all try so hard to accomplish! :) Stay safe and warm in the snow! We may get 1 to 2 inches, but it's too cold for anything real!

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  12. I know - very impressive. And actually, she already is an adult - this book was published a while ago. She's probably 30 by now - a biologist or something I think - I forget. Habitat infringement is such a problem... we have bears at our house, and people in the area get annoyed, but where we are is very rural, and the bears have to go somewhere!

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  13. POSTED FOR JARM at http://4ambassadorsofchrist.blogspot.com

    We just received our first dusting of snow. Stay warm...all of you!
    Wow...written by an 11 year old. Sounds like she has a bright career ahead of her!

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  14. Yes, she already has a career... she's close to 30 now :) This book was published a while ago.

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  15. POSTED FOR CATHERINE at http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com

    11 Wow! Such an urgent topic these days. I keep feeling bad for rhinos and elephants in particular :(

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  16. I know! And think about the polar bears, like in Joanna's post today!

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  17. I know, Erik - very inspiring, isn't it? You're 11 - you could be next!!! :) And yes, let's definitely get on the horn with Mother Nature. Below 15 is just TOO COLD! :)

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  18. I like your attitude, Delores! I am keeping my fingers crossed (and Phyllis is keeping her paws crossed!) that we will get an early spring this year :) I'm having visions of daffodils :)

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  19. Great topic. Where was Charlesbridge when I was 11 years old??

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  20. And why don't they want our mss now that we're a little over 11??? :)

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  21. Eeesh, that is cold! We had our first experience in the negatives as we drove to Colorado this Christmas. Turns out that parts of Utah are extremely cold! Our kids freaked out as we would watch the temperature dip from inside the car. Thankfully we just had to get from the car to the building wherever we stopped, so it wasn't too bad. All that to say, stay warm lady!


    Wow, that IS quite an accomplishment for an 11 year old. I'm cheering if I can get mine to do his homework :-)

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  22. So true, Amy :) Though I find, much as I try to think otherwise, there does seem to be a bit of a gender difference when it comes to homework... at least in my family :) There is a certain snugness in being able to stay inside where it's warm while watching the thermometer creep down, down, down... It's only when you have to go out and clean the barn that it's less fun. I'm told I still HAVE fingers, but I can't feel them anymore :)

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  23. This looks like a terrific book. Thanks for the review.

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  24. What a treasure book about endangered animals. Must get this one! I really believe we need to begin educating kids at at a young age about endangered animals and how important it is for us to do our own part. Really nice selection. The illustrations look lovely!

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  25. Glad you like it, Rosi! It's impressive for an 11 year old! :)

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  26. I'm so glad you like it, Pat. I especially like that the perspective is that of a child - I think it gives the book a unique twist.

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  27. Charlesbridge has some of the best nonfiction around. Great pick, Susanna!

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  28. I don't know, Julie. But it's pretty impressive for one so young - the book is very well done!

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  29. Hi Susanna!

    What a cool book! And it is written by an 11 year old, how amazing! It looks like a wonderful book. I hope your winter is going well. Mine has been very busy with college and a sick old dog :( I hope to participate in PPBF soon, but until then I will just read the reviews and add to my library list :)

    Take care, Loni

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  30. Glad you like the book, Loni - and yes! Very cool that it was written by someone so young! Sorry about your dog :( Don't worry about PPBF - take your time - we all know what's it's like to be crazy busy, and sometimes you have time for things and sometimes you just don't. We'll all be around when you get back :)

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  31. I would definitely miss them!

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  32. Sadly, we often don't know what we've got 'till it's gone. Hopefully this book will help us take action before it is too late. Extra special is that it is written by an 11 year old.

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  33. So true, Sandi. And yes, amazing that something so fore-thoughtful could be written by someone so young.

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  34. Wow! And what a provoking title - wonder if she thought of that herself too!

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  35. Wow, 11 years old -- that IS amazing, Susanna! I really want to read this now. Thanks!

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  36. Love this book choice, Susanna. I believe that helping our children learn to nurture nature and preserve the planet is one of the most important tasks of parents and educators. Sorry for your cold weather...single digits are no fun.:)
    I'm a little behind, but will post my PPBF link shortly...I'm going to somehow work in a YouTube video that one of my local critique partners just shared with me...uplifting...an 80 year-old man who flies multiple kites and travels all over the world...entertaining and inspiring millions.

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  37. P.S. Trying to send warmer weather - we're up to 14 in Michigan

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  38. We had this in the school library and I and the kids loved it. 11 year old writers rock!

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  39. I don't know if it helps to tell you that I had shorts and flip flop (just one because my right ankle broke in that accident) on yesterday in Texas ... c'mon down! I miss PPBF and hope to be back soon. I love books with a question for the title and it's a bonus that it's a child author!!

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