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|Author: Bruce Malnor and Carol Malnor
Illustrator: Anisa Claire Hovemann
Retail Price: Paperback • $11.95
This third and final volume of the “Earth Heroes” books features the youth and careers of eight of the world’s greatest environmentalists who championed the protection of wildlife. It includes the historic and contemporary figures of William Hornaday (saved the bison from extinction), Ding Darling (“A Duck’s Best Friend”), Rachel Carson (author of Silent Spring), Roger Tory Peterson (“Inventor of the Modern Field Guide”), R.D. Lawrence (“Storyteller for Wolves”), E.O. Wilson (“Lord of the Ants”), Jane Goodall (“Champion for Chimps”), and Iain and Saba Douglas-Hamilton (“Saving the Elephants”). This highly readable volume with illustrations and photographs calls attention to the waves of influence that spread from the ideas and actions of these heroes for the Earth.
- 2011 Nautilus Book Award (Silver)
- 2011 CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
- 2010 Mom’s Choice Award (Gold)
- 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award Finalist
- 2011 Purple Dragonfly Book Award – 2nd Place (Children’s Chapter Book)
— New Age Retailer (September 2010)
The authors remind readers: ““Bison and birds, chimps and seals, wolves and elephants all owe their lives to the individuals described in these pages. And the personal life of each hero is as unique as the animals they’re protecting.” The book includes eight biographies, each with pictures or drawings of the individual as a child, and describes the events that shaped their careers. Each biography ends with a list of personal facts and their “ripple of influence,” plus a timeline relating events in their life and historical events. The book has a good introduction, conclusion, list of sources, and index. There is also a website listed for possible lesson plans based on the book for teacher use.
We need to inspire students to make a difference, and these biographies can help. As the authors point out, “How fortunate we are to have so many heroes working to save the wilderness, oceans, and animals.” It’s easy to talk about doing something to save the environment but we really need men and women willing to stand up and become Earth Heroes.”
— NSTA Recommends (September 2010)
“This title focuses on the biographies of naturalists and wildlife conservationists who dedicated their lives to protecting the wild animals they respected, admired, and adored. From R.D. Lawrence’s friendship with wolves to Edward Wilson’s curiosity about the smallest of creatures to Jane Goodall’s love of chimps, each portrait delves into the early lives of these pioneers and provides insight into their career paths and their contributions to society. The profiles present basic facts in a simple narrative manner with a “Fast Facts” section and a timeline with relevant historical context. The accompanying pencil illustrations and historical photos illuminate the lives of nature’s heroes. Recommended.”
— Library Media Connection (March/April 2011)