Saturday, September 28, 2013

Moonbird by Phillip Hoose - ESSENTIAL

Hoose, Phillip Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, 139 p. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2012.  $22. Content: G.  NON-FICTION.  

In twenty years, B95 has flown more than 325,000 miles using his own two wings and the strength in his four ounce body.  Using B95 as a focus, Hoose looks at the changes in the habitats and safe places along B95’s journey as a way to show how man has, probably permanently and negatively, changed every bird’s possibility of survival.  Written in a narrative format, while the book is long and detailed, it is an excellent source of information about how human beings are not only endangering isolated species, but the entire bird population.  It also shows the determination of large groups of scientists dedicated to learning as much as possible about birds and trying to figure out how to stop the slippery slope towards extinction.  This high caliber offering would be an excellent non-fiction selection to support any high quality collection.  

MS, HS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher.

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