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Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroesby Kelly Milner Halls
Synopses & Reviews
The baghdad zoo was once home to more than six hundred magnificent animals. But after the war in Iraq began in 2003, the city faced widespread destruction.
When U. S. Army Captain William Sumner was asked to check out the state of the zoo, he found that it, too, was devastated. Hundreds of animals were missing, and the few remaining were in desperate need of care. And so Captain Sumner accepted a new mission. Together with an international team of zoologists, veterinarians, conservationists, and dedicated animal lovers, Captain Sumner worked tirelessly to save the neglected—but tenacious—animals of Baghdad.
Saving the Baghdad Zoo tells the poignant stories of these remarkable animals. Meet the abandoned lions who roamed an empty palace with no food or drink; the camel, Lumpy, who survived transport through sniper fire; the tigers, Riley and Hope, who traveled 7,000 miles from home; and many more.
The Baghdad Zoo, open once again to the people of Iraq, has become an oasis of hope and safety in a city where both are precious gifts.
"This eye-opening tale of compassion and cooperation chronicles the mission of an international team of military personnel, zoo staffers, veterinarians, and relief workers to rescue neglected animals in Baghdad. Sumner, an army major who was deployed to Iraq in 2003 as a civil affairs officer, spearheaded the effort to round up the creatures from the heavily looted Baghdad Zoo, as well as a smaller nearby zoo and the abandoned palace of Saddam Hussein's son. The animals all found new homes at the main zoo, which was extensively renovated and reopened to the public ('the opening was a sign of hope, a glimpse of normal life'). The collaborators detail several remarkable rescues, including the recovery of 16 rare purebred Arabian horses that had been stolen and hidden in a racetrack's stables. Sidebars offering facts about various species, historical background, and Sumner's emotional commentary supplement Halls's (Dinosaur Parade) narrative, which doesn't sidestep the ever-present danger. Sobering and uplifting photographs — many taken by Sumner — underscore both the direness of the situation and the spirit of hope that drove the project. Ages 8 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In 2003, Army Major William Sumner undertook a mission to save the Baghdad Zoo in Iraq, as war raged around it. With a focus on the stories of the abandoned animals, this photo essay details his harrowing mission. Full color.
An animal shelterand#8230;just for chickens? You'll find one just outside downtown Minneapolis, where Mary Britton Clouse runs the Chicken Run Rescue for abandoned chickens up for adoption in this moving, humorous, and fully illustrated look at one woman's determination to care for chickens in need.
With stunning photographs and exemplary narrative nonfiction, the Sibert Honor-winning creators ofand#160;The Elephant Scientist,and#160;Caitlin Oand#39;Connell and Timothy Rodwell, give readers a heartwarming insiderand#39;s look into a day in the life of zoo curators and the meaningful bonds that they form with their menagerie.
Curators at Zoo Atlanta never know what the day will bring: Did the rain make the ground too slippery for the elephants? How are the sick fruit bats? Did the bongo get loose again? In a typical day at the zoo, there are routines that must be kept, including feeding, socializing, and sleeping. On any given day there are moments that bring laughter and moments that bring tears. Caitlin Oandrsquo;Connell and Tim Rodwell chronicle the average day for zoo scientists, encountering both surprise and routine along the way. Bridge to the Wild is the perfect book for any reader who wonders what a life working with and for animals would really be like.
Just outside of downtown Minneapolis, follow the sounds of crowing and clucking
and you will find Mary Britton Clouseand#8217;s Chicken Run Rescue. Over the years, Mary
and her husband have given hundreds of homeless birds a safe place to rest until they
can be adopted by caring families.
Each chicken has a story to share, and the debut author Christine Heppermann
(who adopted her own chicken) has crafted a spare, moving, and at times humorous
text that will open young readersand#8217; eyes and also inspire to help all creatures great and
Come along and find out why lovable chickens are actually, according to Mary, and#8220;the
ones who need friends the most.and#8221;
About the Author
Kelly Milner halls is the author of more than twenty acclaimed books for children. She has also written articles for numerous publications, including Teen People, Highlights for Children, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. Kelly Milner Halls lives in Spokane, Washington.
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