Animals need our help, too! Ordinary people can do extraordinary things to become an animal ally at any age.
What IS an Animal Ally?
You don’t have to fill your house with stray cats to become an animal ally. In fact, if you have cat allergies, taking in stray cats is the last thing you should do! But you CAN do other things to help animals. Helping animals by conserving their natural habitat, making choices about using natural resources, or acting as a citizen scientist make you an animal ally.
By Rebel Girls, Rebel Girls Minis Series, 64 pages, 8–12-year-old
Every girl has a unique talent she can use to act as an animal ally. This colorful book shows how 25 women developed an interest in and love for something in the animal kingdom as a youngster. Each woman went on to champion animals using her talents, observational skills, insight, and determination.
The short, easy-to-read biographies draw readers in. Some of the stories include a scannable QR code which leads to in-depth audio stories. Rebel Girls consulted with conservationist Bindi Irwin (one of the 25 animal allies) to present activities at the end of the book.
It’s never too early or too late to take an interest in the wonderful world of nature, participate in citizen science projects, or get involved in research that helps animals.
What I Loved About This Book
The colorful illustrations grab the reader’s attention, and the interesting biographies arouse curiosity about the women and the animals they advocate for. Teachers, parents, and grandparents could read the stories out loud to younger children. Likewise, involved adults could adapt the activities at the end for either younger or older audiences.
The authors made sure to include women from multiple ethnicities and countries. There’s no need to exclude boys from the stories (I plan on buying a copy for my grandson)—anyone can become an animal ally!
This is a must-have for teachers, librarians, parents, and grandparents.