My Wild Life: Adventures of a Wildlife Photographer

Owlkids. Oct. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771474078.
Gr 3-5–Eszterhas, a white American woman who has been a wildlife photographer for over 20 years, describes her career, which has allowed her to visit all seven continents. She spends nearly half of each year on photo shoots and much of her time at home planning and preparing for her next trip. The text provides engaging details that describe Eszterhas’s lifestyle in the wild and her attempts at photographing the animals. Many of the species she has photographed are endangered and at risk for extinction due to climate change, habitat loss, poaching, and other problems caused by humans. She sells her photos and uses her voice to raise money and awareness for conservation. She has photographed Grévy’s zebras, worked with locals in Vietnam who care for pangolins rescued from poachers, held an orphaned baby orangutan, and earned the trust of a mother cheetah, who allowed Eszterhas to photograph her tiny four-day-old cubs. Her commitment to conservation and her overall love of animals shine throughout the text. Two pages of common questions about being a wildlife photographer are included.
VERDICT An informative, worthwhile addition to most juvenile nonfiction collections. Youngsters will be encouraged to enjoy and photograph the wild world around them.

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