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Macmillan Children's Book


Bringing Wildlife Back Where It Belongs

Author: David A. Steen; illustrated by Chiara Fedele




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A collection of inspiring conservation stories for kids looking at rewilding—the process of returning animals and plants to habitats where they once thrived.
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Selected as one of the Best Nature Books of 2022 by Kirkus Reviews
Selected as one of the Best Informational Books of 2022 for Older Readers by Chicago Public Library

"A book worth returning to multiple times. A fascinating primer on the intricacies of ecosystems." -- Kirkus, starred review

Discover inspiring stories of wildlife brought back from the brink of extinction – a perfect gift for kids who care about the environment!

Rewilding means returning animals or plants to places where they used to live. In this book, acclaimed conservation biologist and science communicator David A. Steen introduces children to the scientists determined to turn back the hands of time to create a greener future. Read about awe-inspiring rewilding projects, including:

• The wolves that returned to Yellowstone National Park and dramatically improved the ecosystem
• The beavers reintroduced to their old territories to build dams to stop them flooding
• The Galápagos giant tortoises who beat the odds to survive extinction and return to their island home

Throughout the heartwarming true stories, beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Chiara Fedele, children will learn how different species evolved to live side by side and will see what it takes to be a conservation scientist. They might even be inspired to become a wildlife activist themselves!

By the end of the book kids will be left with a key message: it’s not too late to fix the planet.

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"A book worth returning to multiple times. A fascinating primer on the intricacies of ecosystems." -- Kirkus, starred review

"This informative, colourful hardback takes a detailed look inside the rewilding process, giving a whistle-stop tour of reintroduction projects around the globe and telling inspiring stories of wildlife brought back from the brink." -- BBC Wildlife

"This comprehensive overview gives a brief introduction to the topic before focusing on a wide range of rewilding projects, from working with condors in California to beavers in England to Kihansi spray toads in Tanzania... well designed and thought-provoking." -- Booklist

"For seven- or eight-and-up, a down-to-earth guide with a clear and hopeful message: humans have damaged the natural world, but with care, time and resources, we can make amends." -- Children's Book of the Month, The Guardian

"A fascinating exploration of ecological restoration, perfectly pitched for children." -- JUNO Magazine

"This book is an excellent addition to any classroom or library and would be a fantastic supplement to science curriculum or further reading." -- Children's Literature

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