Rescuing Ladybugs: Inspirational Encounters with Animals That Changed the World

8 CDs. HighBridge Audio. Nov. 2018. 9 hrs. ISBN 9781684418022. $34.99. digital download. SCI
In 1997, Skiff (The Divinity of Dogs) was so moved by seeing a bear in a cage that she worked to create the first bear sanctuary in Laos. Here, she presents a series of essays that highlight efforts to save endangered animals including bears, orangutans, jaguars, elephants, and mantas. Stories take place in Indonesia, Borneo, Brazil, and Uganda, to name a few locations. Working with like-minded people across the globe, Skiff draws attention to the plight of endangered animals, to animals cruelly treated, and to animals caught up in man's food cycle. She speaks to our hearts and reminds us what we can do to help all animals and save our earth and live more attuned with nature. Skiff challenges us not to look away from horrible scenes of mistreatment and neglect. Each essay is passionately written and in a style that seems as if Skiff is conversing with listeners individually. These qualities are enhanced by the excellent narration from Donna Postel.
VERDICT This book will appeal to animal lovers and is a first-rate addition to library environmental and science collections. In addition, teachers can use this book to stimulate zoological, conservation, and geographical discussions.

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