Aliens from Earth

When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems
by Mary Batten
Illustrated by Beverly Doyle
Category: Themes: Animals
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  • ISBN: 9781561459001
  • Publication date: 03/01/2016
  • Page Count: 36
  • Size: 10-3/4" x 9-3/4"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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  • ISBN: 9781561459032
  • Publication date: 03/01/2016
  • Page Count: 36
  • Size: 10-3/4" x 9-3/4"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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Description

A classroom favorite!

A timely, fascinating, and vibrant volume about the subject of invasive species—perfect for young environmentalists and budding scientists.

“Nonstop intriguing.” ―Booklist

What happens to the environment when alien plants or animals get there by accident? Award-winning writer Mary Batten introduces readers to the serious and ongoing environmental problems caused when alien plants and animals (or invasive species) are introduced into an ecosystem accidentally or deliberately.

Describing various examples―from the release of the gypsy moth into the United States to the introduction of rabbits to Australia―Batten uses clear, readable text to show how these foreign intrusions have disturbed the delicate balance of local ecosystems.

Nature and animal art specialist Beverly Doyle contributes eye-catching visuals “that almost seem to jump off the pages” (SLJ), and back matter includes a glossary and list of ideas that provide more information and ways to minimize human impact on local environments.

Author/Illustrator

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Mary Batten

Author

Mary Batten, an award-winning writer for television, film and publishing, was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Children’s Television Workshop’s science series 3-2-1 Contact and has written more than fifty nature documentaries for television, including the syndicated series Wild Wild World of Animals. She is the author of numerous picture books, including Aliens from Earth, Please Don’t Wake the Animals, and Hey, Daddy! In preparation for writing Life in a Frozen World, she consulted with several scientists who specialize in the study of Antarctica, its wildlife, and the effects of climate change on this unique continent.

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Beverly Doyle

Illustrator

Beverly Doyle graduated from Framingham State College with a major in fine arts and continued her studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She lives in Vermont.

Reviews

“From the book title and first line of text to the information-packed, full-page color illustrations, this overview of ecological missteps is nonstop intriguing… Lively personal-interest reading, this picture book for older children is fast moving, clear, and well detailed.” ―Booklist

“This visually striking and readable title describes what happens to ecosystems when alien plants or animals are introduced by accident or intention… The examples throughout are thought-provoking, the illustrations outstanding, and the concluding words on steps to take to keep aliens out are helpful and practical. Doyle, who specializes in environmental art, provides handsome, double-paged portraits of animals both native and new to their natural habitat, using a footnote to clue readers into which are which. Fascinating.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The spreads are beautifully illustrated with animals and plants that almost seem to jump off the pages. Everything depicted is labeled, and a helpful key designates which ones are native, endangered or threatened, alien, or extinct… Visually appealing, it should capture the interest of browsers.” ―School Library Journal

Awards

NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2003

Conservation Book of the Year Award ―Izaak Walton League of America, 2006

Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee) ―Indiana Library Federation, 2005-2006

Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award ―Louisiana Center for the Book, 2006

Prairie Pasque Award ―South Dakota Library Association, 2005-2006

Resources

Resources: Teacher's Guide

Teacher’s Guide

More Details

AR Level: 6.7
F&P: GRL X, Gr 6, Genre I
Lexile: 1140L
Themes: Ecology, Invasive Species
BISAC 1: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 2: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
BISAC 3: JNF003270 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Endangered