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Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill Kindle Edition
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"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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“The discoveries that arise from our flattened fauna will amaze you! . . . For all the literal blood and guts. . . there's nothing rotten about this book--it's a keeper.” ―Starred review, Kirkus Reviews
“With wry humor, gory detail, and great enthusiasm, . . . this book is not for the faint of heart, but be prepared to laugh along the way and to learn a lot. . . Sure to be a hit among students. A top addition to STEM collections.” ―Starred review, School Library Journal
“. . . [A]n extremely interesting treatise about roadkill and how it affects all our lives. . . . Montgomery inspires curiosity, asks excellent questions, and makes science and investigating roadkill fascinating to learn.” ―Starred review, School Library Connection
“. . . [B]udding naturalists or eco-activists will find it a smashing read.” ―Booklist
About the Author
- ASIN : B07HRCWF62
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Children's Books; 1st edition (October 16, 2018)
- Publication date : October 16, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 17461 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #592,019 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For instance, did you know that some people collect statistics on what types of roadkill are seen, how often, at what locations, even to the date and time it was seen? Then the numbers are used to help figure out what is causing the collisions between animals and vehicles. Is it low visibility? Are there food sources attracting the wildlife? Is the roadway cutting across a migration path or bisecting a habitat? Once the situation is better understood, sometime there are possible solutions put in place by helpful groups. Bridges or tunnels might give animals a safe path, fences can funnel them toward one of those paths, etc.
But our daring author also visited museums and wildlife rehabilitation centers to see how rescued animals were cared for, or how scientists study those who were not so lucky. And she even did some study on her own - including getting covered in scent from a skunk. She also contacted individuals who donate roadkill to food banks and use it to help feed the hungry. And she visited with an artist who creates taxidermy pieces with some of the unfortunate animals.
What a weird and wonderfully informative book about a topic that is sure to lure in reluctant readers with its potential gross factor, but can also appeal to those interested in STEM topics in general. Back matter includes a list of books, videos, and Internet sites to find more information; suggestions on science projects to try; and an annotated bibliography.
Highly recommended for middle grade readers and up.
Though there's plenty of technical information, Montgomery's voice is so engaging that she takes even the most complicated issues (not to mention gross!) and makes it accessible for the middle grade reader. The non-fiction text is liberally sprinkled with the kinds of fascinating facts that kids LOVE, along with relatable scientific know-how and creative solutions to a problem that most of us don't give a second thought. As for me, I'll never pass a dead deer on the road--and there are quite a few in my highly residential area in Georgia--without thinking about what I can do. And I feel like that's exactly what Heather Montgomery wants every reader to do, child or adult. Well done!