12 Amphibians Back from the Brink


Introduces 12 amphibians that were on the brink of extinction and made an amazing comeback. Facts about habitat and diet are included, along with the reasons why the species were threatened and the science behind the work that helped them survive.

  • Back from the Brink

    Set of 6 titles

  • BISACS: JNF003190, JNF003270, JNF037020
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Subject: Animals, Life Science
  • Copyright: 2015
  • Publisher: 12-Story Library
  • Imprint: 12-Story Library
  • Language: English
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Season: 2015-01-01
  • ISBN: 9781632350602
  • Title Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 7 x 9
  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 4
  • Lexile: 820
  • Guided Reading Level: S
  • ATOS Reading Level: 5.5
Have some mammals made a comeback? Along with all the negative reports of the Sixth Great Extinction, the human-caused one, it is nice to consider the species who have been saved from extinction. This book, part of a series called Back From The Brink, presents 12 mammals who have been saved. As the author states, 'shares the amazing survival stories of endangered species that have made a comeback. Learn about human and natural factors that drove each species to the edge of extinction, and find out what helped them survive and thrive.' The book includes 12 chapters, one for each saved animal. There is a useful fact sheet, a glossary, sources for further information, and a subject index. Each chapter has excellent illustrations, interesting Think About It questions, important numbers, and great sidebars. For example one sidebar states, 'Pandas are great climbers. Sometimes they sleep in trees.' This a great book for a young scientist to read. NSTA [Jun 2015]
This attractively designed, useful set highlights conservation success stories with clear, well-organized information. Descriptions of each animal, focusing on its threatened status, lead to news about successful efforts to address the dangers. Explanations are clear and concise. Readers learn how a variety of protection strategies, which include government intervention, captive breeding, and citizen activism, have resulted in improved outlooks for these creatures, though many are still in serious peril. Smooth writing avoids the sensationalism that the topic sometimes engenders, and headline like chapter titles add appeal. Fact-boxes provide current statistics, while occasional ТThink About ItУ features ask readers follow-up questions related to the text. Though not exceptionally eye-catching, all of the photos include useful captions with additional species information. The lack of range maps is one disappointing feature in an otherwise strong series. VERDICT Robust selections. School Library Journal [Apr 2015]
While children's books on animals often talk about endangered species, each volume in the new Back from the Brink series features 12 animals that have made a comeback. This book offers the stories of giant pandas, Utah prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, Florida panthers, gray wolves, red wolves, island foxes, Key deer, American bison, southern white rhinoceroses, grizzly bears, and Siberian tigers. In each case, conservation efforts such as legal protection, captive breeding programs, relocation, and medical intervention have enabled them to survive and increase their numbers. A double-page spread presents each animal's story through a few paragraphs of text, a couple of sharply reproduced photos, and a fast-fact box. Though written in short sentences (usually with fewer than 15 words), the text flows well and includes solid, brief introduction to the animals' endangerment or near extinction as well as its more hopeful recent past. An attractive addition to library collections. Booklist [Jan 2015]