The Rescuing Animals from Disaster series includes such titles as: Saving Animals from Oil Spills, Saving Animals after Floods and Saving Animals from Hurricanes.
These books are large (around 8″ by 10″) and easy for young hands to hold. The pictures are beautifully showcased and the text is in easy-to-read boxes — all of it carefully framed in bright colors. Each book uses a background color that is featured predominantly in the cover design.
So the book about hurricanes has background colors ranging from a deep chestnut to a warm amber, and the text boxes and photos are surrounded by a wide frame of color that harmonizes with the other colors. The book about floods is done in shades of green and the book about oil spills is done in brilliant reds.
It makes for beautifully put-together books that are lovely to look at and read.
Educators will be pleased that the books include all the text features that children need to learn about. There are: tables of contents, headings, captions, maps, glossaries, bibliographies, indices, and sections titled “Read More” –plus one section in each book about the author.
All the books are written to make each disaster and the people caught in such situations become real to the readers. Sometimes the realism is very sad. Pictures of the pigs killed by the floods in Iowa are heartbreaking, and such illustrations serve to open dialogue about whether the farmers needed to save their own lives or risk their lives for the animals.
There is also a chance for wonderful discussions about the irony of the teams of rescuers struggling to save the pigs who, if not for the flood, would have been slaughtered for meat. The lucky pigs who survived ended up at The Farm Sanctuary, where they will live out their lives in safety and comfort.
But the books don’t just discuss the recent tragedies (Hurricane Katrina, the Iowa flood and the Gulf oil spill). Each book includes sections about other disasters, when and where they occurred and how the animals were saved.
These books would be a great addition to any school library, classroom or just any home where children (and their parents) love to read about animals and those who love to help them. These books are perfect for children eight and older. Personally, I loved reading them!
Available from Bearport Publishing. Bearport specializes in high-interest nonfiction books that are written and designed to build enthusiasm for reading. It’s easy to see that they have done exactly that! Not surprisingly, they have won seven 2011 Children’s Choices Awards for their books.
This review was based on the final hardcover books provided by the publisher for review purposes.