Make Way for Animals!

Millbrook. Apr. 2022. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781541589384.
K-Gr 3–All over the world, the traditional routes of animals are now blocked by roads. How will the badgers in the Netherlands find meals and homes? How will the blue fairy penguins of New Zealand make their nests? How will the crabs of Christmas Island get to the ocean to lay their eggs? Wildlife crossings to the rescue! Using clear, drama-free language and playful alliteration, Pincus describes the hazards roads pose to wildlife (and the hazard that wildlife in the roads can pose to humans) and the solution that many places have adopted. Text with additional facts beyond the main concept is included, making the book suitable for various levels. Luu’s illustrations effortlessly uplift the writing using a sort of softened realism and plenty of details. Humans are depicted in a variety of skin tones. Pincus provides fitting closure by circling back to the first question by the end. Extensive back matter includes photos of wildlife crossings with additional examples, an activity, and selected biography.
VERDICT Everything readers need to know about wildlife crossings—what they are, why they are needed, who makes them happen—in a book all libraries should own.

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