A warmer world From polar bears to butterflies, how climate change affects wildlife

Caroline Arnold

Book - 2012

Over the past several decades, our world has been warming at a faster rate than ever before. Winters are shorter. Sea levels have risen. Territories of predators and prey have shifted. To survive in this new environment, animals everywhere have had to adapt, or face extinction. Complemented by Jamie Hogan's rich collage illustrations, A Warmer World offers young readers a clear-eyed look at the effects of climate change on animals around the world.

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Published
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge c2012.
Language
English
Physical Description
31 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
ISBN
9781580892667
1580892663
Main Author
Caroline Arnold (-)
Other Authors
Jamie Hogan (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

With clear explanations and bright, handsome collage artwork, this picture book packs in a lot about the effects of global warming on particular animals and the connections between them. Even small changes in temperature can produce big changes in animals' chances for survival, and up to one million species could be threatened with extinction as the planet heats up. As global temperatures rise, the warmer water is destroying coral reefs and many coral species are becoming extinct, while creatures at the highest zones have nowhere to go to find cooler places. Many yellow-bellied marmots, for example, have starved because they hibernate less in a warmer climate and cannot find the plants they normally eat. At the same time, some creatures do benefit because they can move to habitats that were previously too cold. The visual details bring the concepts close, from images of a butterfly in flight or the final view of an arctic fox with a factory belching black smoke in the background. A glossary and suggested resources conclude. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Arnold explores global warming by focusing on how it directly affects several species and their habitats. Some animals, like Edith's checkerspot butterfly, are forced to migrate north because temperatures in southern areas have become too warm for the plants that they require for survival. Polar bears have less time to hunt as a result of earlier spring melts, and walruses are left with fewer and fewer floating ice chunks to use as "platforms" while at sea. Hogan handsomely portrays the animals using charcoal pencil and pastel. Arnold doesn't sugarcoat the potential effects of climate change, plainly stating that the "loss in biodiversity could be devastating." Ages 7–10. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–4—A warmer world is the new reality for many animals and plants, and how they are reacting to climbing temperatures is the focus of this short, informative work. Arnold looks at the devastating impact of melting ice on polar bears and at the broadening range of Edith's checkerspot butterflies, to name a couple of examples. The speed of this change is leaving many species unable to adapt, and as many as a million species are feared to face extinction. A few might actually benefit from a wider habitable range, but often at a cost to other species. Combining general information on rising seas, melting ice caps, and warmer water with specific emphasis on individual animals such as loggerhead turtles, marmots, penguins, and walruses, this book offers students the opportunity to examine a natural world in flux. The soft-focus pastel drawings and collages add to the sobriety of the message. Valuable for classroom discussions of the environment and the consequences of continued and unabated global warming.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY [Page 149]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Describes how climate change has affected ecosystems around the world and how animals within these ecosystems have adapted, offering young readers an informative and thought-provoking look at how animals have had to adapt--or face extinction. Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Describes how climate change has affected ecosystems around the world and how animals within these ecosystems have adapted, including polar bears, butterflies, tree frogs, and coral.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Over the past several decades, our world has been warming at a faster rate than ever before. Winters are shorter. Sea levels have risen. Territories of predators and prey have shifted. To survive in this new environment, animals everywhere have had to adapt, or face extinction. Complemented by Jamie Hogan's rich collage illustrations, A Warmer World offers young readers a clear-eyed look at the effects of climate change on animals around the world--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Adapt, or face extinction.The golden toad used to inhabit the cloud forests of Costa Rica, but when the weather became too warm and dried up the pools where its eggs hatched, the golden toad disappeared. It has not been seen in more than twenty years. This amphibian is just one of several species in A WARMER WORLD, a thought-provoking and informative account of how global climate change has affected wildlife over the past several decades.Species by species, acclaimed nonfiction children's author Caroline Arnold describes how warmer weather alters ecosystems, forcing animals to adapt or become extinct. Arnold's clear and straightforward text is complemented by Jamie Hogan's collage-style illustrations. Reminiscent of a nature journal, the book will inspire readers to start their own research into this significant global issue.A glossary and listing of websites and books for further exploration is included.