Running Pr. Sept. 2019. 48p. maps. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780762496372; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780762496365.
Gr 3-5–Claybourne highlights 20 animals on the brink of extinction. The author worked in collaboration with Tusk Trust, a British charity created to aid conservation efforts in Africa. From the Asian elephant to bumblebees, the book showcases a wide range of featured creatures. McNaught’s amazing animal portraits emphasize the severity of the possibility of their extinction. The animals are depicted among backdrops of solid colors with paint streaks somewhere throughout the animal. Explanations about conservation and levels of endangerment set up the rest of the book with enough context to deepen the significance of the text. For each animal there is at least a page of information, including habitat, location, size, population, endangered status, and Latin name. This information is presented without a bibliography or citations. It ends with a few ways to help support conservation, including donating to Tusk.
VERDICT With vibrant colors and facts about each animal species, this book will encourage awareness about conservation efforts. An additional purchase for elementary libraries where animals are popular.

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