Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of the Earth’s most Dominant Species - Review, Study Guide and Excerpt

Idgie Says:
This is a Fantastic Book!  Perfect to grab a younger reader's attention.  Heck, I am personally interested in it.  It's like National Geo in regards to in-depth information with graphics instead of pictures. Take a look at the examples at the bottom and you'll see what I mean - it's formatted and stylized for the younger reader.  Makes them feel almost like they are reading a graphic novel while becoming stuffed full with educational knowledge.   I love that Zest provides an Educator's Guide - this would be a great classroom book. 

Age group is listed as 12 and up and for once a publisher has the age range appropriate for the book. 

Speaking of publishers, check out Zest Books' other treats - they are a great press!

Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of the Earth’s most Dominant Species 
by Jeff Campbell
Zest Books
March, 2016

This is a FASCINATING, important, and readable look at environmental and animal conservation for young readers.

Click HERE for link to downloadable Educators/Study Guide!

Today, an ancient world is vanishing right before our eyes: the age of giant animals. Over 40,000 years ago, the earth was ruled by megafauna: mammoths and mastodons, saber-toothed tigers and giant sloths. Of course, those creatures no longer exist, and there is only one likely reason for that: the evolution and arrival of the earth’s only tool-wielding hunter, the wildly adaptive, comparatively pint-sized human species. Many more of the world’s biggest and baddest creatures—including the black rhino, the dodo, giant tortoises, and the great auk—have vanished since our world became truly global.  The continuing loss of these spectacular animals is troubling and tragic, for it leaves us inhabiting a smaller, much more impoverished world. Jeff Campbell’s LAST OF THE GIANTS looks at these losses, and also includes a hopeful note throughout, for many endangered species can still be saved. As it profiles each extinct and endangered animal, Last of the Giants also focuses on the conservation efforts that are trying to preserve the world’s remaining charismatic species before they are lost forever.