Make Way for Animals!
A World of Wildlife Crossings
by Meeg Pincus
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 05 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2022
Lerner Publishing Group, Millbrook Press ™
Animals5KN: Expository Literature
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 32 members
I WANT THIS BOOK for family, friends, and libraries! Even though I am not aware of any in Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Newfoundland (for the moose, deer, and caribou), I have been aware of some in Montana, and New Zealand (little blue fairy Penguins) for a number of years, but: 600 wildlife crossings in The Netherlands alone! and 44 in Canada's Banff National Park! and even an underpass in Kenya for ELRPHANTS! In this book we see not just land bridges, but aerial bridges, friendly tunnels, and even a passageway for pollinators (bees) in NORWAY! There's lots more to know, like activism, architects, awareness campaigns, construction, fundraising, and more! And some of this has been going on since the 1950s!
I almost forgot the importance and delight in the illustrations by illustrator Bao Luu! They are simple but convey as much as the storyline!
I requested and received a free temporary ebook from Lerner Publishing Group/Millbrook Press ™ via NetGalley. Thank you!
Make Way for Animals! is a non-fiction picture book that illustrates the ways that the cities and roads people build interfere with the migratory patterns of animals. Ways that humans have attempted to rectify these situations are illustrated with some simple and clear drawings. At the end of the book, photos of man-made animal crossings and a bibliography are provided. This is an easy-to-understand book for young children to bring awareness to the impact of man on the environment.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn’t realize all the pathways that have been made to help animals. I think this would be a wonderful book for additional research about animals.
I was very impressed with this book. In a time when we are rapidly advancing on the habitats of native animals, I was impressed with how we can adapt to co-exist with animals. It is such an important message for children that we have to consider the animals in an area. The illustrations were cute and the details and factual information was quite interesting to me. My children enjoyed listening to the book, and asked lots of questions about animals in our area and if we are in their way when they need to move around. Any book that prompts a good conversation about the environment is a win!
This extremely well-crafted book begins with the need for animal crossings, shows many examples of different crossings, and ends with more detailed examples and photographs. The illustrations in the book are beautifully formatted so they are fascinating to look at. The book even ends by providing a project for the reader. This is a great example of helping animals and people live together, it’s a winner!
This was a fantastic, educational book for kids! I enjoyed it as an adult too. The book shows how the creation of natural bridges reduces collisions and saves animals. Animal's habitats have been thrown into disarray as a result of roadway construction. This book chronicles how scientists, architects, and community members can help animals by expanding these projects.. The illustrations are fantastic. In the back of the book, there are pictures of the real places. My sister is a kindergarten teacher and I plan to buy this for her classroom.
I thought this was an awesome book! The illustrations were very nice and eye catching and the language was easy to understand and follow. Very educational and can be used to teach kids about geography and the wildlife of different countries. I also liked how the author talked about how humans can accommodate them with infrastructure. The activity at the end was very cute too. I will be recommending my library purchase this when it is published.
Make Way for Animals! is a book tells about how some animal species have lost safe access to what they need to survive because of manmade roads cutting through the animals/ natural spaces. Many animals have had their natural habitats infringed on at the hand of manmade developments. The solution that many communities have come up with is to construct wildlife crossings. The book shows examples of these wildlife crossings in throughout the world. It also shows how people have to work together to make sure that the wildlife crossings are built for the animals.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who has a child who is interested in animals and animal conservation. As an elementary school teacher, this book aligns very nicely with the science standards/ curriculum. My class is currently learning about animals and animal habitats. I pulled this book up for a small group discussion and the students loved seeing specific examples of the wildlife crossings. The students were all engaged and they drew their own animal crossings for an extension activity. As a teacher, I also learned some new facts about wildlife crossings that I am excited to share with my students. I will definitely be purchasing a copy of this book to add to my classroom science library.
"Make Way for Animals" written by Meeg Pincus and illustrated beautifully by Bau Luu is a unique book. In this book "the road is a visitor" and wildlife crossing throughout the world are shown and explained. Animals such as badgers, blue fairy penguins, red crabs, African elephants, deer, spotted salamanders, ringtail possums, night monkeys, leaping fish and even bees are highlighted. The various ways these animals cross the roads that interrupted their natural habits include: bridges, pipelines, crossings, underpasses, natural canopies, a bee highway and the most unique of all a water ladder! For a children's book, I was impressed that I learned new information from this book since it highlights many different structures that I have not only never seen, but never heard of. These structures allow the animals not only to travel safely, but as the book points out to get to food, nests, mates, and to lay eggs. The end of the book has a challenge for children to design their own underpass as will as actual pictures of some of these crossings. There is also a bibliography at the end citing sources for the information.
I am thoroughly impressed with this book and want to own it to share with my granddaughter when she is older (book is aimed at 5 to 9 year olds). I plan to check out more by Meeg Pincus soon.
This picture book introduces several wild animals whose normal migration or life patterns have been altered by humans' roads. After concisely making the case that there is a problem, the author goes on to describe various overpasses, underpasses, pipelines and other methods fabricated by humans to help the animals continue their normal lives. The well-illustrated book ends with photographs of some of the solutions mentioned in the book with a bit of history as well. Highly recommended for elementary students but would even appeal to middle grades interested in wildlife conservation.
This engaging book builds empathy for animals who have been impacted by roads, highways, and human progress. Around the world, people look for solutions to help wildlife survive. The story structure highlights animal movements that have been blocked. It migrates to creative solutions and concludes with crossings for specific animals introduced in the opening. Interesting back matter extends the concept and illustrations complement text.
Fascinating, original, educational and entertaining, I learned lots of new things by reading this book. I can't wait to share it with my little ones. This information book will encourage lots of further research and discussion. A real winner!
This is an absolutely brilliant and beautiful book. Thank you to NetGalley, Lerner Publishing Group, and Millbrook Press for the e-ARC to read and review. Upon publication, I will definitely be picking up a copy for the littles in my life who love animals (and maybe myself!) Not only is this a wonderfully illustrated look at animals across the world, but it showcases a side of animal activism that isn't always at the front of our minds.
Why I think this book shines so brightly is that it starts off presenting a major problem that most of us haven't spent much time thinking about, but doesn't leave it there. I was always a deeply anxious, apologetic, and worried little kid (and am still all of those things now honestly) so I just KNOW I would have read about the way roads destroyed animals' habitats and migration patterns and just been gutted. I'd feel so guilty about using those roads and knowing all the harm they caused, even if they were necessary to modern human life. So I love that this book seamlessly transitions into real-life solutions. It shows the problem the roadways caused, and spotlights some of the genius solutions that have already been enacted around the world, like underpasses and bridges designed specifically for certain animals to continue about their lives safely, away from our cars and trucks. It asserts that this is still a work in progress, and that so many different layers of helpers need to be engaged to keep this going (from the activists advocating to the architects building), and that a new generation of thoughtful little thinkers are going to further that cause. I have been lucky enough to see some animal crossing architecture in Europe, and I still audibly gasped when I saw some of the beautiful and creative solutions depicted in this book. At the end of the book, there are real photos of human-made crossings and they further the conversation in a meaningful way (not like sometimes add-ons at the back of the book only highlight to me what was missing from the original story). The child version of me would see from all this that there's no need to feel overwhelming guilt for using the roads, but instead to feel like for every creation we develop for our human efficiencies, we can responsibly stop and look at who or what that creation may be leaving out or hurting and act from there.
Did I mention this book is brilliant?
What a fun book! There was so much to enjoy about this book from the detailed and realistic illustrations to the stories of different species of animals from all over the world getting accommodations as people share (and encroach upon) their habitats. I enjoyed learning about the animals and how we coexist with them, and the kids were very into the story as well!
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Make Way for Animals! by Meeg Pincus is a delightful children's picture book about animal crossing around the world. Accompanied by lovely illustrations, the text teaches us about the different animals that walk in different countries. According to the description, "take a tour of wildlife crossings across the globe, from grassy badger bridges to underpasses for elephants."
Overall, Make Way for Animals! is a picture book that is the perfect gift for the young animal-lover in your life. One highlight of this book is that the book teaches us about things that happen in real life. Because it's nonfiction, it can teach children important lessons about how humans and animals can coexist peacefully. If you're intrigued by the description, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in April!
I really enjoyed this book and think it is an important read in this day and age. I thought this book did a great job explaining a modern day problem created by humans and our global expansion. The book is informative about the problem, but also about the solution to that problem and explains both in ways young children can understand. I thought the illustrations were wonderful. A great read through and through.