The Late, Great Endlings: Stories of the Last Survivors by author Deborah Kerbel and illustrator Aimée van Drimmelen pays tribute to beloved creatures lost to extinction by focusing on the last survivors of each species. Rhyming stanzas, watercolour illustrations, and factual descriptions bring stories of species like Martha, the last passenger pigeon; Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island tortoise; and Benjamin, the last Tasmanian tiger to life. Inviting readers to reflect on the impact of human development, habitat loss and climate change, this dedication to the endlings calls for action to protect others before they too become extinct. Suggestions for helping are included. Lovely artwork and vocabulary make this a great addition to libraries discussing extinction and its cost.
This book is 32 pages, 33.5cm x 24cm, recommended for ages 6-8. It covers themes of extinct species, habitat loss, deforestation, climate activism, and STEM topics. Be warned that this is a very touching book involving topics of death, and as such has made adults cry. Young children do tend to handle the topic better.
Deborah Kerbel is an award-winning author of 15 books for young people. Her work has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, Canadian Library Association's YA Book Award, and Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award. Born in London, she was raised with a Deaf sibling, inspiring her interest in creative sound expressions. She now lives and writes in Thornhill, Ontario.
Aimée van Drimmelen is an artist, designer, and musician from the W̱SÁNEĆ Traditional Territories (Thetis Island, BC). Her work has been featured in The Walrus, Reader's Digest, and POETRY Magazine, and she was a two year artist in residence at the Royal BC Museum. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Aimée makes inks using plants from her region.
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