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The award-winning author explores the issue of biodiversity, how it is threatened, and how we can preserve it. “This informative, well-written book provides excellent report material on a subject that is both interesting and complex.”--School Library Journal
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Dorothy Hinshaw Patent holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana.
Gr. 6-10. This book, which is divided into four sections, makes diversity of both plant and animal species and the cultural and civic implications of genetics exciting. The account could well turn into eager readers those who approach science only dutifully for a report. Patent moves beyond the usually cited historical examples (such as the Irish potato famine) to contemporary problems of the l980s and 1990s, and her lively use of detail leads readers beyond whatever topic they first chose--corn will never seem dull again. Then, it's on to the trademarked Yucatan Micropig, a minature pig bred for use in medicine and as stock for small farms. Discussions of factory farming make vegetarianism seem an attractive option, but Patent is describing, not advocating. An excellent glossary, a bibliography of her sources, and lists of suggested reading further add to the book's strength. Mary Harris Veeder
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0152928677
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0152928677