Bridge to the Wild: Behind the Scenes at the Zoo

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Author: O'Connell, Caitlin

Brand: HMH Books for Young Readers

Edition: Illustrated

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 208

Release Date: 02-08-2016

Details: Product Description Hear crisp sounds of the hornbill in the cool air.      Listen to the morning symphony that greets you as you enter the front gate.      Then, step onto a leafy path that leads to a secret world of animals, each of whom you won’t want to forget, here at Zoo Atlanta.      Over five days we meet a menagerie of magnificent animals—pandas, elephants, gorillas, meerkats, flamingos and more—alongside the longtime animal lover, scientist, and researcher Caitlin O’Connell. With inside access to the guidance and knowledge of their beloved zoo caretakers and with stunning photographs, we are able to see the day-to-day marvels—and sometimes misfortunes—behind the animals’ enclosures that often go unseen by the everyday zoo visitor.      In this example of narrative nonfiction at its best, O’Connell has created a bridge to wild, a rare chance to look beyond the zoo and to inspire guests to see for themselves just how special the animals we share our world with are. From School Library Journal Gr 4–7—O'Connell takes readers through five days of behind-the-scenes access to a number of different exhibits while introducing some of the amazing inhabitants of Zoo Atlanta. There is so much more happening at a zoo than just the proper care and feeding of the animal residents, and O'Connell shares a number of the projects and the people behind them. For example, researchers are looking for ways to increase the likelihood of panda reproduction in captivity, which has proven elusive and difficult. O'Connell also makes clear how important the veterinarians are to the zoo and how they keep a constant eye on all of their charges so that no small illness turns into a larger one or spreads to other animals. The author mingles her narration about her visits to the zoo with animal facts and explanations about behavior, which are often denoted with a different typeface and color. The highlight, and really the focus, is on the special access she was given, a chance to learn about the people who work with the animals, and the mission of zoos to protect species and help world populations of animals. Photographs are dotted throughout the book and give a visual immediacy to the text. VERDICT A solid offering to young animal lovers.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Review * "A solid offering to young animal lovers." – School Library Journal, STARRED review "Readers should find the book’s facts and photos intriguing, and the collaborators’ curiosity and passion inspiring." — Publishers Weekly "O'Connell presents the modern zoo in a clear light, acknowledging the challenges of replicating favorable conditions for the social, physical, and reproductive health of the exhibited animals... An important, engaging introduction to a modern zoo, its dedicated staff, and the fascinating animals in its care." — Kirkus "O’Connell’s love of animals is undeniable, and young readers will identify with the personal details and warm observations she includes." — Booklist "Through her first-person narration, full of curiosity, enthusiasm, humor, and respect for animals, O’Connell exposes a biologist’s thinking process." – Horn Book Magazine About the Author Dr. Caitlin O'Connell is a Consulting Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and a world renowned expert on elephants and vibrotactile sensitivity. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed nonfiction science memoir, The Elephant's Secret Sense (2007, Free Press). Her narrative nonfiction photo book An Elephant's Life (2011, Lyons Press) uses a graphic novel approach to revealing subtle and intimate aspects of elephant society. Her co-authored nonfiction children's book, The Elephant Scientist (2011, Houghton Mifflin Children's Books) won five awards, including the Robert F. Sibert Honor and Horn Book Honor for 2012. A Baby Elephant In The Wild (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harc

EAN: 9780544277397

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New