Aliens from Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems by Mary Batten, illustrated by Beverly J. Doyle. Peachtree, (Revised edition) 2016. 9781561459032
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? With a catchy title like this, who wouldn’t want to pick up this book? The author explains biodiversity and how alien species can upset the natural balances between organisms. It’s not that ecosystems cannot handle new plants and animals; the problem is that people are spreading them faster than ever. Batten talks about the deliberate and accidental spreading of invasive species, and how islands are particularly effected. Each double page spread has pictures of animals, maps and habitats, with captions indicating whether the species is native, endangered or threatened, alien, or extinct. The costs of these alien invaders are demonstrated in loss of species and financial losses to governments. There’s also a section on ways to prevent invasive species. The book includes a glossary and an author’s note detailing new impacts since the first edition of the book was published in 2003. The illustrations, acrylic on clayboard, are hyper realistic and perfectly complement the topic and tone. This is a great resource for elementary school science collections.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 4-10, especially for teachers for units on plant biology.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? 577.18
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: December 2, 2020