I thought I knew all the facts about all the exciting animals the world has to offer. You probably do, too. But quick, what is the world’s largest cat? Are you sure? This simple fact had me stumped, just like so many of the facts — featuring endangered animals — included in this delightful book.
Each full-color, two-page spread, explains intriguing facts about each species. But this isn’t a simple fact book. Rather, each factoid is nestled within a framework about each part of the day, with each animal entering at a different part of the day.
The information given offers overarching information, yet often focuses on how a family unit would spend their days. The approach may seem forthright yet this gentle shift in perspective helps the reader, however young, see themselves, and their day-to-day lives, reflected in these magnificent animals’ own behaviors, without anthropomorphizing them. It’s both inspired — and inspiring.
The book’s brief introduction explains the differences between the various terms which describe the dangers faced by the animals harmed by man’s intrusions, including those featured in this inspired and inspiring book: Nearly Vulnerable, Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered, Extinct in the Wild, and finally, Extinct.
The animals focused on here, though, are all still very much a part of our world, and perhaps, play an even larger part in our imaginations and visualizing the animal world. The 12 species include giraffes, gorillas, blue whales, rhinoceros, giant pandas, whale sharks, polar bears, lions, sea otters, orangutans, tigers, and elephants.
Written in an engaging and informative manner, yet with a welcoming and friendly tone, by Chelsea Clinton, well laid out aside lovely painted illustrations by Gianna Marino, and printed and bound with high quality paper, the book is a masterwork in children’s nonfiction picture books, by any measure. The book transforms information that could have (and often is) portrayed as dusty facts and figures into a warm and endearing portrayals that will intrigue children of all ages. It also helps convey why we should care for their fates, too, which is a genius achievement in itself.
Chelsea Clinton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World; She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History; It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!; Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their daughter, Charlotte, their son, Aidan, and their dog, Soren. You can follow Chelsea Clinton on Twitter @ChelseaClinton.
Gianna Marino (giannamarino.com) was born in San Francisco and spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park. She’s made a living as an apprentice to a muralist, a jewelry designer, a product designer and a horse carriage driver. Addicted to foreign adventure, Gianna has traveled worldwide, including Europe, Asia, Australia and Central and South America. Between explorations, she lives and works in Northern California and still gallops on horses.