Galapagos Islands

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This title takes readers on an incredible journey to the Galápagos Islands, one of the world's most extraordinary, yet endangered, Troubled Treasures. Young travel enthusiasts are sure to appreciate the large, colorful photos of unique endemic species such as Galápagos giant tortoises, Galápagos sea lions, and Galápagos marine iguanas. Popular native creatures, such as blue-footed boobies, are also introduced. Helpful diagrams demonstrate how the archipelago formed over a hot spot and how ocean currents impact its unique environment. Students will also become familiar with UNESCO and why the Galápagos were named a World Heritage site. Colorful maps show where in the world the Galápagos are located and give a detailed view of the official World Heritage area. From the archipelago's formation to Darwin's theory of evolution to today's conservation efforts, readers will gain an understanding of the islands' history and their significance to scientific study. Tips for how to be a conscious tourist encourage kids to consider responsible environmental actions on the islands and at home. Informative sidebars and fun facts offer additional opportunities for readers to explore the Galápagos, while bolded glossary terms, phonetic spellings, and an index make this adventurous volume accessible! Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF037020, JNF051100, JNF058000
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Geography, History
Copyright 2011
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Checkerboard Library
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Season 2011-01-01
ISBN 9781616135638, 9781617841682
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 986.6
Graphics Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 8
Guided Reading Level Q
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
ATOS Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 142375
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
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Troubled Treasures – Library Media Connection

This lovely set of books, about some our world’s most treasured and yet most vulnerable sites, should be a welcome addition to any elementary library. This series is valuable for the elementary library, but it may also be helpful for reluctant high school readers. Recommended.

Troubled Treasures – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Representing just the tip of the iceberg—there are currently more than 900 official World Heritage Sites—these quick introductions convey a sense of the vast range of places that have been designated by UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre as being significant to our world and its cultures, and the almost equally huge range of challenges conservationists face in preserving them. Each book describes in general terms a site’s construction or creation, distinctive features, and history, as well as threats to its continued existence and both current and past restoration initiatives. Revealing color photos taken from different heights and angles are supplemented by maps and by graphic reconstructions of, for instance, five stages of construction at Stonehenge. Though other books about these unique artifacts and locations are common, Henzel’s distinctive approach gives this series unusual value for both assignment and general-interest reading.