Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This informative text provides a solid introduction to the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Early chapters describe the formation of the islands, their discovery by European explorers, and the visits by Darwin and other sailors that led to the discovery of how unique they are. Several chapters chronicle the unusual birds and animal species that live there, such as giant tortoise, pink iguana, and blue-foot booby. Explanatory pages for concepts such as ownership and habitats of the Galapagos and tectonic plates are interspersed. As with the rest of the series, the length is just over one hundred pages and illustrations are black and white line drawings. However this volume contains a bonus full color pull-out poster of four island animals and a map. A final chapter deals with protecting the Galapagos. The author does a fine job of conveying a sense of wonder and instilling a desire to preserve this unique global treasure.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to third to sixth grade readers for both non-fiction pleasure reading or report writing.
For a more artistically beautiful book on the same topic, direct readers to Jason Chin’s Island.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? This book contains elements of ecology, history/geography, and science, so there are multiple options for shelving. Given that it’s part of the Where Are… series, the best bet is to shelve it as a geographical source, in 918.66. However, if you prefer to view it as a science text, it would go in 508.866.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not necessary.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 6/29/17