Conservation Success Stories
Humans have left a large footprint on the environment, often to the detriment of plants and animals. Yet there are success stories where humans have worked to protect biodiversity and reduce their footprint. Discover what people are doing to save the environment, what strategies they are using, and how conserving these areas can help build a healthier world. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
- Fall 2018
- Spring 2018
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Subject||Science & Technology|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Graphics||Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs|
|Dimensions||9.75 x 8.5|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary of key words, Index, Infographics, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, Sources for further research, and Table of contents|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
Conservation Success Stories – Booklist
★STARRED★ The Conservation Success Stories series does an outstanding job of examining the many forces that threaten specific biomes and their inhabitants, the causes and impacts of such endangerment, and steps that have been, or can be, taken to mitigate damage, revive the environment, and safeguard its future. It’s easy for books to cast a doomsday vibe while discussing resource scarcity, endangered species, and global warming, but these manage to keep such discussions frank, yet optimistic—largely through their many examples of conservation victories. Deserts introduces Joshua Tree National Park before discussing biodiversity, invasive species, and causes of desertification. The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire dramatically opens Freshwater Lakes, which led to the creation of the EPA and Clean Water Act. Oceans contrasts the dangers plastic debris pose to marine life with its use as currency (aka “social plastic”) in some poor countries, thereby incentivizing recycling and cleanup efforts. Tropical Forests addresses logging and deforestation, but emphasizes the positive strides made through forest restoration, conservation, and preservation. The design of these books is roomy and attractive, featuring many high-quality photos, “Science Connection” spreads, and relevant fact boxes—often highlighting indigenous peoples’ rights and plights within vulnerable areas. These wonderfully researched titles are valuable resources that allow readers to see the big picture surrounding complex environmental and social issues with hopeful eyes.
Conservation Success Stories – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
Using examples from around the world, the authors discuss various causes of habitat loss and fragmentation, along with conservation efforts and their results. A few in-depth case studies help readers understand the scope of the problems and possible solutions. “Science Connections” segments focus on natural cycles, biodiversity, and related concepts. Photos show wildlife, pollution, and human visitors or workers in the various areas, while graphics explain science concepts like habitat formation, carbon sinks, and food webs, or map locations of similar habitats. Groups such as Ducks Unlimited or individuals like Wangari Maathai, who are involved in conservation efforts, are highlighted in sidebars or mentioned in the text. Each title ends with a two-page cause-and-effect chart followed by “Essential Facts,” which captures key points. A thoughtful series for studying conservation efforts and human impact on the environment. A good choice for research projects.