Bionic Beasts: Saving Animal Lives with Artificial Flippers, Legs, and Beaks

Millbrook. Oct. 2020. 48p. Tr $31.99. ISBN 9781541589407.
Gr 4-8–This title discusses animals that have been injured and given prostheses to improve their lives. Gutiérrez highlights five different animals, educates readers on each particular species, and explains how they became injured. The narratives also detail how the prostheses were made for each animal, as making a flipper for an injured turtle is a different process than constructing a foreleg for an elephant. Readers interested in biomedical technology will appreciate the instructions for building small-scale prosthetic models using household items.
VERDICT Examining environmentalism, animal rescue, and technological possibility, this science-filled book for upper-elementary to middle school readers entertains in many forms.

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