Thursday, July 19, 2007

17. Almost Gone by Steve Jenkins

Nonfiction book annotation
By: Angela Wilcox

35 pages

Jenkins, S. (2006). Almost gone: The world’s rarest animals. New York: Scholastic.

Author Creditability: This book belongs to the series Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science which was started by Dr. Franklyn M. Branley. It states in the book that every book in this series has its texts and illustrations checked for accuracy by an specialist in the applicable field the book is on. Jenkins shows a great deal of interest and knowledge of science and has written several science related books. He was also honored on the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 in 2005.

Summary: This book introduces different types of animals to the reader including those that are almost gone, those that are extinct, and some that are in the process of coming back. It also gives some information about how the environment can cause the animals harm. Each animal has a description, its size, location, and an estimated number of how many are left on earth or when they became extinct. In the back of the book is a world map that shows where the animals live.

Most Important Access Features: This book has headings, subheadings, and inset text. On the title page it provides information for the reader of how the animals were counted. The introduction page builds schema and interests for the reader to draw you into the book. There is a map in the back with the animals labeled on the map according to the page number where they are located within the book.

Description of Illustrations: This book has wonderful illustrations that are collages of cut and torn paper on a stark white background. They are wonderfully done making the animals look very realistic and drawing out details on each animal.

Grade Level & Uses: K-5: I believe this book would be an excellent choice for a study on environmental conservation and protection.

Standards: Physical Science; Life Science: Science in personal and social perspective

Related Texts & How Related: The following books could be used along with Almost Gone: The World’s Rarest Animals to discuss environmental conservation and protection.

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry & Marc Simont
Why Are the Ice Caps Melting? The Dangers of Global Warming by Anne Rockwell

None at this time.

Personal Response to Book: Once again I loved the illustrations of collages. I also found that this book would be a great reference book for students studying endangered animals. I loved how it was easy to find the animals on the map and could be done by the page number the animal was on. I felt like this would make it easier for the lower grades.

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