From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted comes a beautiful book about the animals who share our planet--and what we can do to help them survive.
Did you know that blue whales are the largest animals in the world? Or that sea otters wash their paws after every meal? The world is filled with millions of animal species, and all of them are unique and special. Many are on the path to extinction.
In this book, Chelsea Clinton introduces young readers to a selection of endangered animals, sharing what makes them special, and also what threatens them. Taking readers through the course of a day, Don't Let Them Disappear talks about rhinos, tigers, whales, pandas and more, and provides helpful tips on what we all can do to help prevent these animals from disappearing from our world entirely.
With warm and engaging art by Gianna Marino, this book is the perfect read for animal-lovers and anyone who cares about our planet.
Praise for Don't Let Them Disappear:
"A winning heads up for younger readers just becoming aware of the wider natural world." --Kirkus Reviews
"An inviting . . . appeal to care for the planet and its most vulnerable creatures." --Publishers Weekly
Writing in clear, compassionate prose, Clinton (She Persisted) introduces readers to 12 endangered species: blue whales, elephants, giant pandas, giraffes, gorillas, lions, orangutans, polar bears, rhinoceroses, sea otters, tigers, and whale sharks. Short fact lists identify each animal's endangered status, from "nearly vulnerable" to "critically endangered," and further differentiate between subspecies (Asiatic lions are endangered; African lions, vulnerable). For each spread, Clinton makes a call to readers "Don't let them disappear!" and recounts threats facing the animals, including habitat destruction, climate change, and hunting by humans. Passages focus on the animals' unique attributes ("Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world and may be one of the few animals who never sleep") alongside gentle art by Marino (How Do You Do?) that is more expressive than naturalistic in one spread, three otters cuddle up among kelp fronds, smiling and content. Clinton concludes with simple suggestions for readers to help endangered animals themselves: "Tell your family they shouldn't buy jewelry, trophies or anything else made from endangered animals." It's an inviting, rather than insistent, appeal to care for the planet and its most vulnerable creatures. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Tara Kole, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown. Illustrator's agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary.