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Giving Nature a Second Chance

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RI.5.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Reading Level: Lexile 1090L
Hardcover : 9781554519620, 88 pages, October 2017 , 9.25" x 7.5"
Paperback : 9781554519613, 88 pages, October 2017 , 9.25" x 7.5"

Table of contents

Section 1

1.    What is Rewilding?           

2.    Back to the Wild            

3.    Core, Corridors, and Keystone Species            

Section 2

4.    Reintroducing Keystone Species: Wild Again            

5.    A Second Chance for Trumpeter Swans: A Classic Success Story

6.    The Prairie Dog: Underdog or Wonder Dog?            

7.    The American Eel: Hatch Me If You Can            

8.    Marmots and Condors: Homeless            

9.    Zoos: Keepers of Endangered Species            

10. Zoo Tigers: Back to the Wild            

Section 3

11. Core Space for Keystone Species            

12. Wolf Country Again: Yellowstone National Park            

13. Namibia: Conservation at Its Core            

14. Europe: The Green Heart            

15. The Newfoundland Cod Fishery: Come and Gone            

16. Core Values: A Wild Ride in the Netherlands            

Section 4

17. Corridors Linking Cores: Natural Connections            

18. Wildlife Corridors in Banff National Park            

19. Australia: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle … Rewild?            

20. Butterfly Corridors: From Canada to Mexico            

21. Jaguar Ground-Truthing: Corridors in Costa Rica            

22. Panda Bear: Bamboo or Bust            

Section 5

23. Rewilding the Human World            

24. Every Little Space Counts            

25. Smoke in High Park – and Flames!            

26. High Line: The Sky’s the Limit            

27. Wild Boars: Sharing Space in Berlin            

28. Peregrine Falcons: From the Brink to the Ledge           

29. Wild to Rewild: The Leopards of Mumbai            

30. Restoring Night Herons to Bermuda            

31. From Mine to Meadow and More            

32. Danger Zones: Nature’s Comeback           

Section 6

33. Future Rewilding: The Possible and the Impossible            

34. Big Space, Big Time            

35. De-extinction            

36. Rewilding for a Better World            

37. Glossary and Index


It’s not too late! The natural world can still be healed. 

Rewilding is an important environmental movement to restore habitats to their natural state in order to support native species and make room for animals to move freely. In this comprehensive look at rewilding, the authors present examples from around the world where endangered animals have been rehabilitated and returned to their natural habitats. From pandas and peregrine falcons to jaguars and wolves, the story of these animals testifies to the fact that with good management, the extinction of species can be avoided. This book also relates how cities have begun to restore nature by planting everything from tiny rooftop gardens to huge parks on disused land. Written for 9 to 12-year olds, this book serves as a great resource for projects as well as a fascinating book to read or browse.


  • Nominated, Norma Fleck Award 2018
  • Nominated, Red Cedar Book Award 2018
  • Commended, Green Book Festival Award, Honorable Mention 2018
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2018
  • Short-listed, Youth Science Book Award, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada 2018
  • Nominated, Lane Anderson Award 2018
  • Runner-up, Nautilus Award, Silver 2018
  • Joint winner, Green Prize for Sustainable Literature 2018
  • Nominated, AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize 2018
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award 2018
  • Commended, EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards Honoree, California Reading Association 2018
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award 2019


“An excellent resource for those interested in nature.”

- School Library Journal, 09/01/17

“Clearly organized and accessibly written, this is a welcome overview.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 09/15/17

“A good addition to both school and public libraries.” 

- CM Reviews, 04/13/18

“Appealing and educational.”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 04/25/18