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Strange animals, new to science
Pringle, Laurence, 1935-
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Publication Information:
New York : Marshall Cavendish, [2002]

Physical Description:
64 pages ; 24 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.8 2.0 69607.
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Scientists are rushing to discover new animal and plant species. Renowned science writer Laurence Pringle takes young readers across the world in the company of these dedicated men and women. By the end of their travels, readers are aware, both through the engaging text and full-color photographs, of the urgent need to protect the wilderness -- before it really is too late.

Author Notes

Laurence Pringle was raised on an isolated farm in western New York. He studied wildlife biology at Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and had begun to seek a doctorate in that field. But for several reasons, including trouble with some subjects, Pringle decided to switch to journalism.

In 1962, he was looking for a job as an editor and writer with an outdoor or science magazine. He found an opening with Nature and Science, a children's magazine published by The American Museum of Natural History. Pringle joined that magazine in early 1963 and during the seven years of that magazine's life, learned a lot about writing for young readers. His friend and editor at the magazine encouraged Pringle to write a book for children. His first manuscript was rejected by several publishers but was finally accepted and published in 1968.

When Nature and Science was disbanded in the spring of 1970, Pringle had two choices: look for another editing job or try to survive as a freelance writer. He chose to become a writer and is now the highly acclaimed author of over a hundred books. He writes mainly biographical and environmental stories for children and young adults.

Pringle is the recipient of two major awards for his body of writing; the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award in 1999. He has won national awards from the American Nature Study Society and the National Wildlife Federation. Many of his books, including Everybody Has a Bellybutton, have been cited by the National Science Teacher's Association/Children's Book Council as "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children." In 1998, the National Council of Teachers of English selected his book An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly for the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. Pringle introduces animals that have been discovered by scientists in the last two decades, though they may have been known to native peoples. He explains in the introduction that in the late 1980s biologists, alarmed by disappearing habitats and the resulting loss of biodiversity, began searching for species that had never been identified. Along the way, they found some species that were thought to be extinct, as well as many animals new to science. Many are birds, amphibians, rodents, and fish, but a few are relatively large mammals such as the Javan rhinoceros of Vietnam and the Riwoche horse of Tibet. In a Romanian cave that has evidently been cut off from the surface of the earth for five million years, scientists found 33 previously unknown species of invertebrates. Many of the animals discussed in the short chapters are shown in intriguing color photos. An informative book on an unusual topic that will open kids' minds. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Pringle brings insight into the struggles and triumphs of biologists and other scientists who rush to endangered wildlife habitats hoping for the discovery of extinct or new animal species. These professionals have had amazing experiences finding the 17 species described here. The presentation is limited, but it is special because of the photographs snapped on the discovery sites. That some are blurry does not detract from the impact, because they are the fascinating first proofs of discovery. Ronald Orenstein's New Animal Discoveries (Millbrook, 2001) presents a fuller, more polished book, complete with maps, time lines, photographs, and deeper insights into the subject. However, the process of uncovering a new species as a race between scientists' efforts and humankind's destruction of the habitats is one that Pringle explains with just enough detail to be useful for reports.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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