Don’t Let Them Disappear – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: Don’t Let Them Disappear, 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe

Author: Chelsea Clinton

Illustrator: Gianna Marino

Publisher: Philomel Books, 2019

Ages: 4-8

Genre: nonfiction

Themes: endangered species, extinction, conservation

Opening: 

There are animals on every continent and in every ocean on earth. Tall ones and short ones. Massive ones and smaller ones. Animals with long necks and long legs, animals that are strong and not so strong. Every animal species is unique and important to life on Earth. Some are almost gone and could become extinct if we don’t act to save them now.

Synopsis:

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.

Why I like this book:

This is a good primer for young readers about endangered species, and the author offers a selection of 12 well-known animals 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, polar bears, whales and more, and provides helpful tips on what we all can do to help prevent these animals from disappearing from our world entirely.

The book starts with a key to what constitutes various levels of danger and on each double-paged spread, one side contains the level of endangerment, habitat and why they are endangered, great details for a unit of study. The book ends with a plea to make a pledge “that we won’t let any of these species disappear,” mirroring the refrain, Don’t let them disappear! English teachers will appreciate the use of collective nouns throughout, a romp of sea otters, a troop of gorillas.

But what makes this picture book truly stand out for me is Marino’s art. I loved the choice to anthropomorphize all the animals and make them playful and fun–super accessible for young readers as they engage with a fairly wordy text and rich vocabulary (which I think is valid.)

Activities/Resources:

The back contains more information about some of the main threats to these species as well as a paragraph on what students can do. I enjoyed the addition of days to celebrate these animals.

  • Some other books to include on a unit about endangered species could be:
    Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins
  • Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George
  • Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you see? By Bill Martin Jnr
  • The Elephant by Jenni Desmond

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and/or activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

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6 Responses to Don’t Let Them Disappear – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. We seem to be sharing similar tastes in animals and nature. I guess there is no better time than this crazy, scary situation we are in to take stock and to look around us and take in the animals big and small and the beauty of nature. I hope a lot of parents are reading with their kids and discovering the beauty in their own backyards as well as animals around the world. Thanks for sharing dear friend.

  2. I’m always drawn to books about nature, and this one offers valuable information as well as beautiful illustrations. I’ll be adding this book to my list. Many thanks for sharing this treasure with us today for Perfect Picture Book Friday! 🙂

  3. I love the illustrations too. Looks like a great book for an endangered animal unit. Thanks for highlighting it and the listing some other books on this area of study.

  4. Joanna, I can’t wait to get this book! It adore that cover and your review has me excited to read it. Thanks.

  5. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    I, too, was pulled in by the art. The colors are so vibrant. Thanks for the rec, Joanna!

  6. I almost bought this book a few months ago. The cover grabs your attention! Hoped to get it at the library! I enjoyed your very thorough review of the layout and the pledge at the end. Powerful!

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