It’s My World too – Discover Endangered Animals and their Habitats by Elena Pasquali and Tina Macnaughton
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Cute conversations between mothers and baby animals (pandas, elephants, porpoise, chimps and snow leopards) highlight how both global and local human activity is threatening these animals’ habitats and homes – so, little polar bear, for example, wants to know why his ice flow is getting smaller and little panda asks his mum why the forest is so small. What I really liked about this book is that there is not just a negative portrayal of human habitat destruction, but the book also points out the things – both natural and man-made – that go to make it a better place. A double page spread is given to some happy Bonobo chimps in Central Africa playing with friends in a secure forest reserve.
The hole-in-the-page novelty factor is a selling point, introducing children to some additional animals, which share this world. Small ‘about’ boxes offer some extra facts beyond the conversations between the animals, giving the book and an effective fiction + non-fiction format. Children will definitely retain the refrain from the baby animals to remember ‘it’s my world too’!
This book is playful in approach, but with a serious message at its heart, to give children an awareness of important environmental issues and encouragement to be kind to their planet. The book shows that we must all share the world and respect the different needs of each creature and learn to live in a healthy symbiotic relationship, whether it be nomads, yaks and snow leopards, or fishermen and porpoises. Humans must think carefully before they damage the homes of these creatures. I think this is a valuable addition to the books encouraging our kids to become more thoughtful about lifestyles that affect other animals.
Book # 84 in the Here’s a Book Read to Me Picture Book Challenge
Animal Planet have produced a great simple guide to give children an idea of how all the animal groups are being threatened around the world.