Emily: 10-Year-Old Champion of Rainforest Animals in Need is a photodocumentary book by journalist and writer Cathleen Burnham the fourth in her WAKA (World Association of Kids and Animals) series of books featuring kids involved in wild animal rescue efforts around the globe.
This book introduces Emily a ten-year-old girl active in a youth conservation program to save rainforest animals in western Costa Rica called Kids Saving The Rainforest (KSTR).
She helps care for an orphaned baby sloth at a local animal sanctuary and participates in other activities from dramatic presentations to the sponsorship of rope bridges installed to help squirrel monkeys cross busy roads near her small town.
The story highlights the impact young people can have on protecting local wild animals and preserving natural habitats.
Like the previous books in this series (Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica and Tony and His Elephants set in Thailand) the text and photos show a youngster deeply involved in caring for the well-being of baby wild animals in need of shelter food and lots of love.
The conservation message is clear and is skillfully blended into the glimpse of everyday life of active kids and their families who are involved in these inspiring small-scale grassroots animal-rescue efforts.
Cathleen Burnham is an experienced travel and wildlife photojournalist who has done assignments across the globe from Africa to Southeast Asia from South and Central America to Europe. She is author of the WAKA series of books (World Association of Kids and Animals) profiling real kids around the world who are actively engaged in local wildlife conservation on a community-based level working to save wild animals and protect natural habitats.
Praise for previous books in the series:
"Bright photos depict the children in action ... spreads also include attractively arranged maps and drawings and deftly inserted facts&hellip. Burnham has written other books about compassionate efforts by children such as Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon (Crickhollow 2015) that inspire readers to take positive action &hellip a wonderful addition to most collections." &ndash School Library Journal
"An unusual glimpse of children as environmental activists within their own community." &ndash ALA Booklist.
"The best kind of nonfiction &ndash engaging as well as informative. . . . Burnham shows us how even young children can make a difference in the world and offers ideas on ways to help protect wild animals. Young and old alike will be enthralled with this book. &ndash Natalie Kinsey-Warnock Children's Book Author