Thursday, January 10, 2008
Emi and the Rhino Scientist by Mary Kay Carson
Have you ever thought about how a rhinoceroses gets pregnant? Well, Terri Roth is a scientist whose job it is to make sure that this happens. Emi is a female Sumatran Rhino and before she came along it had been 100 years since one had given birth in captivity. With Terri Roth's help she has had two babies. I love the Scientists in the Field series. They're substantial science books with lots of great photos and a focus on really interesting scientists. In addition to learning about the science, you also learn valuable information about saving the environment. I didn't know how endangered rhinos are and this was a look at the work that goes into trying to save them from extinction. This is a really good nonfiction book and should be read from cover to cover. I also recommend Tracking Trash by Loree Griffin Burns, also in this series.