The Great Rhino Rescue: Saving the Southern White Rhinos

48p. chron. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Millbrook. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $33.32. ISBN 9781512444360.
Gr 2–5—Opening with a harrowing situation where a mother rhino is simply living and protecting her baby before being struck by a poacher, Markle's latest does not pull any punches to convey the extreme danger of the southern white rhino becoming extinct. From the beginning scene to informative sections that expertly explain what a dire situation poaching has become for the rhinos, readers will be informed and enthralled throughout the fact-filled narrative. This title makes for an excellent introduction to endangered species and extinction's effects on the environment by explaining why poachers do what they do and providing a detailed look at what lengths wildlife groups and scientists have gone to in order to save these creatures. There are also details about the life of a rhino, from how their young are raised to what their horns are made of. The pictures are clear, large, and well organized on the page.
VERDICT An excellent purchase for elementary nonfiction collections.

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