Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals by Katy S. Duffield, illustrated by Mike Orodán

Published by Beach Lane Books

Crossings | Book by Katy S. Duffield, Mike Orodán | Official Publisher Page  | Simon & Schuster
Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals: Duffield,  Katy S., Orodán, Mike: 9781534465794: Amazon.com: Books

Summary:  Animals struggle to survive in a world overrun by humans, but there are people who build structures to make life a little easier for them.  They’ve created overpasses, underpasses, bridges, and tunnels to help different creatures move from one place to another safely.  From overpasses across the Trans-Canada Highway to rope bridges over Australia’s Hume Highway to tiny passageways built for spotted salamanders in Massachusetts, engineers have come up with some creative solutions to help animals threatened by traffic and other human activities.  Includes two pages with additional information about each structure and a bibliography.  48 pages; ages 4-9.

Pros:  Kids will enjoy learning about both the animals and the structures, but the real appeal of this book is the large, colorful illustrations of all the critters.  I hope we’ll be seeing more from illustrator Mike Orodán.

Cons:  I hope I never stumble upon those millions of crabs crossing their special crab bridge on Christmas Island.

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