River Rescue

illus. by Tammy Yee. 32p. bibliog. photos. Arbordale. Feb. 2019. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781607188230; pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781607188353.
Gr 2–4—The Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research organization helps creatures in rivers and other waterways survive oil spills. Through simple text and watercolor illustrations, Curtis and Yee explain the arduous and time-consuming task of cleaning birds, amphibians, mammals, and other animals and setting them free. Narrated in the first person plural, the book stresses the workers' devotion to the animals. Several pages of further information, including ways to prevent oil spills and help injured animals, are appended. A wildlife identification page encourages close observation, and a short interview with the head of the Bird Rescue group discusses the mission of the organization.
VERDICT An unusual look at the effects of oil spills on wildlife, and a useful tool for teaching early elementary students about environmental science.

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