Jennifer Boothroyd has created a book with simple text and clear photographs that will appeal to young readers. Animals that have been extinct for thousands of years and others that were only declared extinct last year illustrate the point that extinction is a current concern. A balance of land and water mammals, both familiar and unusual, are included. Extra facts about the animals are included in text boxes for the photos. The short text and large photographs make it an ideal read-aloud to start off a unit on endangered animals; or it could be used for student research or supplemental reading in lower grade levels. The glossary and suggestions for further reading would be especially helpful with research projects. Several grade levels have curriculum standards about classifying animals into groups as thriving, threatened, endangered, or extinct - so teachers in those grades would appreciate this addition to the school or classroom library.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The book will be published February 1, 2014.