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Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet

McLimans, David (Author/Illustrator)
Walker 2006. 36 pages
First published: 2006
ISBN: 9780802795632 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 591.68
Book type: Non-Fiction

Award

Caldecott Honor Book – 2007

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This unusual ABC book is a zoological exhibit of endangered animals on our “amazing, beautiful, wondrous, diverse, and fragile planet. ”

Each full page showcases one letter of the alphabet, transformed into a bold and playful work of art, graphically rendered with animal characteristics such as scales, horns and insect wings. Each large, black and white animal-letter is centred on a white page which also features the upper and lower case letter printed in red at the top corner. Vital statistics about the animal are framed in a small red box on the outer margin. Among the herd of wild animals readers will meet are the Chinese alligator, the Madagascar tree boa, the Andean flamingo, the black rhinoceros and the wild yak.

For anyone wishing to delve further into the subject, there is also an introduction explaining the book design, a detailed, informative glossary featuring specs on all the endangered animals appearing in its pages, websites for consultation and a bibliography for further reading.

  •  

    Discuss the categories of endangered animals. Note how the letter is formed on each page and guess what animal it represents by looking at the letter.

  •  

    Using cards labelled with the name of each animal, place the cards in alphabetical order.

  •  

    Sort the cards into three categories: critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable.

  •  Research one of the endangered animals from the book and present your findings to the class.
  •  

    Learn the animal names by looking at real pictures of the animals. Read the animal alphabet together.

  •  Classify the animals into different categories (reptiles, fish, birds, snakes, mammals, amphibians).
  •  

    Use a map to locate where all the animals are from. Label it with the names of the animals. Where do the majority of animals come from?

  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology