A Chemical Nightmare
The Eagle Man, Charles Broley, loved the majestic birds he saw flying through the sky. He spent his retirement studying bald eagles across the United States and Canada. So, when he learned that they were in danger, he knew he had to figure out what was wrong. Follow along in this graphic adventure based on a true story about how citizens and scientists alike worked together to help save the iconic American symbol. Then, learn more about bald eagles and other eagles in danger.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|BISACS||JNF062030, JNF062000, JNF000000|
|Genre||Graphic Novel, Narrative Nonfiction|
|Series||Saving Animals from the Brink|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||6.5 x 9|
|ATOS Reading Level||4.3|
|Lexile Reading Level||720|
|AR Quiz Number||512300|
SLJ Review of Saving Animals from the Brink
A new take on science comics that feature groups of conservationists and activists working to help save animals from extinction. This series is tied together with the shared thread of animals at risk and their connection to the creation of the Endangered Species Act. Each title addresses the critical importance of the selected species, using key terms like “apex predator” and “keystone species” to impress the importance of the animals upon readers. While the work done by the conservationists is inspirational, there is some dancing around issues, as each narrative begins at the onset of colonialism or expansionism without really addressing the issue in a decolonized way. Also, A Chemical Nightmare leaves out the major factor in DDT’s removal–Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and its public impact, which was inspired by Charles Broley’s research. VERDICT: Using science comics and simplified narratives, this series aims to discuss topical issues of extinction and conservation with reluctant readers.
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