Animals to the Rescue!: Amazing True Stories from around the World

Millbrook. (Sandra Markle’s Science Discoveries). Oct. 2021. 56p. Tr $31.99. ISBN 9781541581227.
Gr 3-6–In eight dramatic tales of animal heroism, these stories include a lamb responsible for comforting orphaned rhinos in South Africa, a guide dog in New York who took a collision with a school bus to protect his vision impaired owner, and trained landmine-sniffing rats saving lives in Mozambique. The narrative chapters are accompanied by full-color photographs and informational supplements, such as pages on “how to train your HeroRAT.” The stories are brief, informative, and engaging. This title may suffer a bit in student popularity due to its format. The book has the length and shape of a traditional picture book, but the substantial and advanced text may be too difficult for the typical picture book audience
VERDICT An exciting and stimulating treat for those open to the picture book format but capable of reading advanced middle-grade text. This one will need, and is worthy of, hand-selling.

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