Who on Earth is Dian Fossey?: Defender of the Mountain Gorillas (Scientists Saving the Earth)

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Details Dian Fossey's life, with chapters devoted to her early years, life, work, writings, and legacy, as well as how readers can follow in her footsteps.

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Close-up color photos of groundbreaking animal researcher Fossey in the field illustrate this slim, solid entry in the Scientists Saving the Earth series. Kushner draws readers in with an exciting initial chapter that highlights Fossey’s extraordinary interspecies friendship with Digit, one of the mountain gorillas who became her life’s work. Subsequent chapters flash back through Fossey’s life, glossing over her troubled childhood and focusing instead on her adult achievements, starting with her bold and serendipitous transition from a Kentucky-based occupational therapist to an African wildlife researcher. The straightforward text, written in simply structured sentences well-suited to struggling readers, lets the facts of Fossey’s remarkable life speak for themselves, and other sections about gorillas and their threatened habitats add even more context. Teachers may want to incorporate many of Kushner’s questions, such as those about the complex meaning of conservation, into classroom discussion, while independent young researchers will appreciate the well-organized text, chronology, glossary, and chapter notes. A useful, compact introduction to one of the twentieth-century’s most influential conservation heroes. Grades 4-7. --Gillian Engberg

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Grade 5–8—These books provide biographical information on scientists who made a positive impact on the planet. Fossey, Earle, and Carson are especially appropriate role models for readers interested in perusing careers in environmental science. The writing is clear and informative; the authors attempt to present the women's lives and work in highly engaging narratives, though they are occasionally bogged down by a recitation of factual information, perhaps included to make the books as research-friendly as possible. Color photographs are relevant and of good quality. Fossey provides suggestions for discussion and further investigation, and Carson includes a section on pursuing a career in environmental science and activism. All of the books do an excellent job of incorporating and documenting quotes and research from outside sources. Good choices for biography sections.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY
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