Galápagos Islands: The World’s Living Laboratory

Galápagos Islands: The World’s Living Laboratory
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June 04, 2024
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Welcome to the Galapágos Islands, a pristine archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, where locals and visiting scientists work among giant tortoises, salt-snorting iguanas, diving penguins, and erupting volcanoes. They are looking for just the right balance between humans and nature to lead the world to a sustainable future.
Far off the coast of Ecuador lies a group of volcanic islands unlike any other. Home to species as diverse as giant tortoises, salt-snorting marine iguanas, and the birds that made Charles Darwin famous, the Galapágos are a living laboratory for scientists working on the most urgent problem of our times: How can humans exist in harmony with nature on the only planet we are ever likely to have? Karen Romano Young, author of Antarctica: The Melting Continent, again takes to the field, visiting the archipelago to observe its environments first-hand and to interview the people who are lighting the way for the rest of us. Illustrator Amy Grimes brings Karen’s experience into vivid visual life for those of us who haven’t been there – yet.

Includes a glossary and index.

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Engaging Non Fiction for Middle Grade!
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Galapagos Islands The World's Living Laboratory is a non-fiction chapter book aimed at middle-grade readers. This book explores the ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands and its environmental challenges.

What I Liked: As a school librarian, I see the need for engaging and informative non-fiction for middle schoolers, and this book fulfills that need wonderfully. The book contains 64 pages of well-researched information accompanied by vivid illustrations that illustrate the island's beauty. In particular, I appreciate the book's focus on various scientists working on the island. As I read this book, I learned so many new things, but my favorite part was learning about the research of these amazing scientists. Also, I appreciate the book's exploration of environmental challenges and their impact on the animals living there.

Galapagos Islands The World's Living Laboratory is an engaging non-fiction book that will inspire middle school readers to learn more about this special place.
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