Gr 5-9-- As much about social science as it is about natural science, this book tells of a political adventure that began 20 years ago and has yet to reach a conclusion. The large, long-lived Siberian crane has an ancient history, and is now endangered. Friedman tells how two Americans established the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in 1972 to save the bird. The story that emerges is one of cooperation and courage. The author discusses the symbolism of the crane as a sign of hope, for Sadako folding her 1000 paper cranes, for the scientists involved with the ICF, for environmentalists seeking to preserve a species for reasons ranging from the aesthetic to the philosophical. The volume is nicely produced and well organized, with a clear map, a useful chronology, and a source list consisting mostly of accessible magazine articles. At first glance, what appears to be a story with a narrow focus is truly one that reaches across the curriculum and the world. --Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
In the early 1970s, Ron Sauey and George Archibald founded the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin. Their task was to save all species of cranes. Eventually, they concentrated their efforts on the Siberian crane, the most endangered species. Although the Siberian crane is still far from being safe, Sauey and Archibald, abetted by Soviet ornithologist Dr. Vladimir Flint and many others, have made a difference. Accompanied by quite a few color photographs, Friedman's comprehensive account of what occurred describes the life of the cranes, efforts to breed them, and various difficulties involved in trying to save them--for example, the cranes cross many international borders on their annual 5,000-mile migration. This is a book that shows that even a few people can make a difference in saving an endangered species. A glossary and a bibliography are appended.