"“Over, under, across, through.
Around the world, construction crews build overpasses,
underpasses, bridges, and tunnels - ways for people
to get from one place to another.
But what about the animals that live in
these places? What happens when construction spreads
over, under, across, and through their habitats?
Around the world, in search of solutions, animal
lovers come together.
Opening their minds and their
hearts, they work to find ideas, answers.
I was intrigued by the premise for this book over a long period of time. I did not order it until recently; I am delighted that I did and very happy to share it with you. It shows readers that there are fine humans throughout the world willing to work hard to ensure the safety of wildlife. Together, they create ways for animals to move, without fear, 'over, under, across and through' busy highways.
The crossings they have created are the subject of this remarkable book. Ms. Duffield presents 12 different animal passages that have been built for two reasons. They are meant for regular use, or for seasonal migration. They are built for elephants, black bears, pangolins, spotted salamanders and other inhabitants of both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. A world map at the conclusion of the book plots each animal on the map, and provides further information pertinent to their survival.
Information concerning each of the crossings is shared in two ways on the spread. One is a sentence describing the animal, the technology that created its specific passage, and where it is found. The material provided in a smaller font adds data about the planning and building and its usefulness. Keen readers will also find satisfaction in seeing the many machines used for construction. The illustrations are clear and telling, offered on double-page spreads which make the book easy to share in a school classroom, or library. Young readers will love seeing how these crossings protect vulnerable animal families.
"The Trans-Canada Highway is home to more than forty wildlife overpasses and underpasses."
"Coyotes creep OVER the rush of Arizona motorists below."
"Pangolins teeter-totter toward their burrows ACROSS a Singapore expressway."
Mike Orodán’s pencil illustrations, finished in Photoshop, use light and shadow to show readers perspective and fine close-up looks at the animals being protected. These animals deserve the attention that is sure to come their way as this book is shared, and then shared again.
Back matter further informs and is useful for those wanting to learn more than this exceptional book provides.