This oversized book is unforgettable. Both the art and the text are strong testaments about animals that are “threatened with extinction: critically endangered (the most threatened), endangered, and vulnerable (the least threatened).” There are also categories for species that are extinct, extinct in the wild, or not thought to be threatened at the moment.
Each two-page spread describes the character of the animal, the reasons why its numbers have dwindled dramatically, and the efforts being made to save the species.
A map shows the area where the animal persists and an information box states its class, family, IUCN status, and population.
The artwork by Tom Frost is a full-page, stylized drawing of the endangered animal, each on presented as a postage stamp. The artwork is so strong and so beautiful that each page could be a framed poster (but don’t take the book apart!).
Tapanuli Orangutan, Kemp’s Ridley, Sunda Pangolin, Largetooth Sawfish. Each one moves my heart.
It’s a book well worth owning at home and at school. Animal lovers will be drawn in automatically, but the writing is so interesting and the art so magnetic that everyone will be fascinated and moved to action.
Under Threat: an Album of Endangered Animals
written by Martin Jenkins
illustrated by Tom Frost
Candlewick Studios, 2019
ISBN 978 – 1536205435