Perfect Picture Book Friday – Extraordinary Endangered Animals PLUS The Contest Winners!!!

Thanks to Joanna over at Miss Marple’s Musings, I realized in the nick of time that today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday coincides with the 8th Annual Endangered Species Day.  So I have chosen a special book.  I hope you will enjoy it.

Title: Extraordinary Endangered Animals
Written By: Sandrine Silhol and Gaelle Guerive
Illustrated By: Marie Doucedame
Abrams Books For Young Readers, November 2011, Non-Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 10 and up

Themes/Topics: endangered species

Opening: “Our lives are closely connected to those of the animals that surround us.  The monkey is our cousin, we’ve domesticated the horse, the now-extinct aurochs has become the ox, the wolf has turned into our dog, the silkworm has given us beautiful clothes, and the maggot protects us from serious infections.  We’ve identified roughly over a million animal species.  Of those numbers, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List indicates that close to 43,000 are endangered and face possible extinction.”

Brief Synopsis: The book begins with a brief overview of living in harmony with nature, biodiversity, which animals need protection, and how important any effort to help is, as well as a map of the world showing where you would find the animals listed in the book.  (It really is brief – only about 4 pages.)  This is followed by the main part of the book which details 34 species that are endangered (from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, and Oceania).

Links To Resources:  The book itself is a resource, full of information on many endangered animals.  It has a glossary in the back along with several sections on how you can help endangered animals.  It could be used in conjunction with study of animals, the environment, science etc.

Why I Like This Book:  Full of large, gorgeous color photographs, this book is appealingly written in fairly small chunks of text that are informative in a fun way with lots of little details about the animals.  I think kids would find it interesting and accessible.  I think the plight of endangered species is an important one to be informed about and to try to help with.  And it’s hard to stop looking at those photographs! 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

Now.  We have one other item on the agenda today.  Usually I tease you for a while before I tell you what you want to know, but today I’m going to be very mature.

I’m going to get right to the point.

Without wasting a moment, I’m going to just come straight out and tell you that the Can’t Sleep Without Sheep Jingle Contest and the Can’t Sleep Without Sheep Kids’ Drawing Contest have both been clearly and decisively won.

Congratulations to the winners!  Well done!

Have a great weekend, everyone!  See you Monday!  (PPBF Bloggers, please put your post-specific links in the list below so we can all come see your recommendations for this week.)


You’re still here?

Shouldn’t you be off reading everyone’s picture book recommendations?


You want to know WHO the winners are?

Golly!  You guys are sticklers for details!

Fine.  I’ll be more specific 🙂

The winners are…

both human!

Not good enough, eh?

OK.  The winners both…

used sheep in their winning entries!


Well, how about this:

The winners are both…

under 12 and from the same family!!!

Need I say more?

That’s right!  The popular vote has spoken, and the winner of the Can’t Sleep Without Sheep Jingle Contest is none other than the incredible 11 year-old film wizard himself, ERIK!!!

And the winner of the Can’t Sleep Without Sheep Kids’ Drawing Contest is his sister,  the very talented JOSIE!!!

Apparently talent is genetic 🙂

Hearty congratulations to Erik and Josie for amazing entries, and to all our other contestants who did a truly fabulous job – each and every one of you!  I can’t thank you enough for putting it all out there for Can’t Sleep Without Sheep, even though after all that we are still waiting for the technical glitch to be resolved and the e-book is still not available.  Who cares?  It was tons of fun! 🙂

Oh, and lest I forget, we have one more winner – the winner of the Social Media Love Contest, for FB posting, tweeting, and/or blogging to raise awareness.  That winner, selected by, is Beth Stilborn!  (Apparently really likes Beth! :))

Thanks to everyone for writing, recording, filming, drawing, reading, listening, watching, FB posting, tweeting, blogging, and voting – what a wonderful bunch you are!!! 🙂

Erik, Josie, and Beth – please email me and we’ll talk prizes 🙂

NOW PPBF bloggers leave your post specific links and everyone go have a great weekend! 🙂

63 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Extraordinary Endangered Animals PLUS The Contest Winners!!!

  1. Joanna Marple says:

    WOOT, well done Erik and Josie – what a family of talent! And congrats to Beth, too! Well that was fun, and thanks for the shout out for Endangered Species Day – I am SO glad you have picked a book for PPBF to celebrate this today, as I have no access to book where I am and thus had written today's review before I knew it was a special day.

  2. Joanna Marple says:

    On a farm in rural Devon! I planned ahead and wrote two months worth of PPBF's for my time in the UK/Europe, as I had no idea where I would be.

  3. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    OMGoodness! That sounds idyllic! And I am totally in awe of anyone who can schedule 2 months out. I am always scraping my posts together the night before no matter how many times I tell myself I'm going to plan ahead!!! 🙂 Are there horses on the farm? Do you ride?


  4. Joanna Marple says:

    Stables but no horses, sadly, as I DO like to ride. we have sheep, cows, chooks etc! Good for writing but I do miss NEW YORK!!

  5. Heather Dent says:

    Very funny Susanna…

    Congratulations Erik, Josie, and Beth for your well deserved success.

    This book looks like one my brother Joseph would be interested in. He wants to be something of a zoologist when he grows up, and he LOVES learning about animals.

  6. Angela Brown says:

    Hey Susanna! Sticking my head out from the writing cave for a few second. Congrats to Erik & Josie for winning the contest and to Beth for her contest win as well.

    Nice selection for PPBF. So many beautiful animals. Be nice to keep them around longer by learning better how to co-exist.

  7. Linda Boyden says:

    Adorable post, Susanna. Just love your sense of humor! This book looks like a tremendous resource. Must get a copy.

  8. Sue Heavenrich says:

    Endangered animals – the book looks pretty extraordinary and like it's so jam-packed with stuff. I hope we get serious about healing the earth so these animals are still around for our children's grandchildren.

  9. This Kid Reviews Bks says:

    WOO!!! Yay! Congrats Ms. Stilborn! (and congrats Josie when she wakes up 😉 ) I can't believe I won but I think it was only because of Josie's impression of Wooliam.

    I really like the opening of Extraordinary Endangered Animals!
    P.S. Have fun in Devon, Miss Marple! 😀

  10. pennyklostermann says:

    Just the photographs on the cover of the book are enough to grab my attention. It looks wonderful!

    Huge congrats to Erik and Josie! I just loved their entries and had a sneaking suspicion that they would win because I was so entertained by Erik's video/jingle entry, and so impressed by Josie's art!

    As far as Beth winning the Social Media Sharing drawing…she so deserves it because she is so good to share! Yea, Beth!

  11. Catherine Johnson says:

    Super congrats Erik and Jisie! That video was amazing and Jodie is a talented artist. Great book Susanna. You couldn't have picked a more relevant one unlike me 😉

  12. Julie says:

    Congrats to the winners and all the courageous participants! Nice bit of suspense, Susanna, he, he, he. And an awfully nice looking PPBF pick you've got there!

  13. Laura Anne Miller says:

    Congrats Erik, Josie and Beth. It couldn't happen to nicer, more talented people!!! And I still want to re-promote for you when the ebook is released. Keep us updated, Susanna.

  14. Beth Stilborn says:

    YAY for Erik and Josie!!!! I'm SO glad they won! and Ooooooooh, I won, too? Thank you,! (and Susanna!!!) I hope, hope, hope the technical glitch will be solved soon so that the e-book will be available! I love Can't Sleep Without Sheep in its original form, and I know the e-book will be a keeps-you-awake-at-night-smiling kind of success.

    I've popped back in to PPBF today — I'm aiming for one (maybe two, depending on what books I find) PPBF per month. I wasn't bright enough to tie in Endangered Species Day, but oh well…

  15. Jarmila V. Del Boccio says:

    Well done, Erik and Josie!! Congrats. And to you, too, Beth! Hopefully as I finish transcripts for my son who is headed to college, I will have more time to commit to promoting my fellow writer's books, blogs, and manuscripts. That is truly my desire.
    And Susanna, I, too, would spend most of my time googling over the photos in your PPB offering for this Friday. Good choice, considering the day!

  16. Rosi says:

    This looks like a really interesting book for the elementary crowd. I'll be checking it out. Thanks for telling me about it. Congratulations to your winners.

  17. Patricia Tilton says:

    I really like your choice today. Such a beautiful book for older kids — they are so compassionate and concerned about the future of animals. The photographs look engaging and gorgeous.

  18. Patricia Tilton says:

    Oops! Hit the arrow, before I congratulated Erik and Josie for winning your great contest. And, congratulations to Beth for her promotion of Susanna's contest. Everyone who entered was a winner — couldn't believe how many people made videos.

  19. Robyn Campbell says:

    Okay. I'm pretty stupid. It's out now? I want to tweet (I have a lot of homeschool moms following me) it.

    Congrads Erik and Josie. *confetti* I'm glad my picks won. YaY.

    Especially Ivy will love this book even though she's 15. She is a save the endangered species gal. Especially the tigers. She loves them.

  20. Wendy says:

    Congratulations to Erik and Josie! The next generation is in capable hands.
    Great book pick, Susanna. You'd think endangered species would warrant more than a day, and this book will certainly help.

  21. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    You are not at all stupid, Robyn – not even in the slightest! NO the e-book is STILL not out. I promise I'll announce it loud and clear when it is, but still waiting… Ivy would like this book. It's written for 10 and up and is really not a picture book in the traditional sense – it's very appropriate for older readers! GREAT photos!


  22. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Thank you for the FB posting and tweeting that got you selected by your friend! I hope the technical glitch will be solved soon too… I really thought they might have gotten it fixed by now 😦 And I wasn't bright enough either – it was just because Joanna reminded me that I remembered! 🙂


  23. nrhatch says:

    Congratulations to the both of you, Erik. Josie's impression of Wooliam definitely added to the video. But you both did a great job with it.

  24. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Congratulations again, Erik! You did a great job! And you are sweet to attribute your success in part to Josie – she did make a terrific Woolliam! 🙂 Congrats also on reaching your goal of accelerated reader points – awesome accomplishment!!! Glad you like the book – it's terrific 🙂


  25. Teresa Robeson says:

    Celebratory cake all around in honor of Erik, Josie, and Beth!!!

    This is the line that makes me want to read your book pick, Susanna: “the maggot protects us from serious infections”! Not only is that hilarious, in a very good way, but what kid could resist that? Or kid-at-heart, in my case?

    And yay for Joanna reminding us of important things! 🙂

  26. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Thanks for coming out of your cave 🙂 Hope the writing is going well! And yes, it's a lovely book, and I hope we are able to find ways to heal our earth and keep these animals with us.


  27. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Then he would probably love it! One of my daughters works in the zoo at her school – it's an amazing place. They have red pandas (on the endangered list) and they're hoping for babies this summer… 🙂


  28. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Yes, cake! Definitely cake! What was I thinking not to include some? I love that line too – every creature has an important place – not just the pretty ones 🙂 And yes, YAY and thanks to Joanna! 🙂


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