Animal Allies: 15 Amazing Women in Wildlife Research (Women of Power #4) (Hardcover)

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These 15 women work with animals on land, air, and sea.

Corina Newsome is saving seaside sparrows while Michelle LaRue uses satellites to study Antarctic birds. Lizzy Lowe takes on what many fear in researching spiders, and Erin Ashe lives out the dream of many studying dolphins and whales. Kristen Hecht chases the elusive hellbender amphibian while Enikö Kubinyi uses robots to get information on wolf pups.

These women are working on issues that intersect with biodiversity, species conservation, biology, and more. They stand out for their work in their fields and are also dedicated to science communication to share their knowledge with others. They challenge the assumptions of who a scientist is and what a scientist looks like.

These diverse, modern women are pushing the boundaries of their scientific fields while empowering others to pursue their dreams.

About the Author

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan has written several fiction books with Capstone, Heinemann Literacy Project, and KPS Storybook Development. She also writes for Highlights for Children, Muse, and Spider. She is the regional advisor for SCBWI Pennsylvania: West and won an SCBWI Merit Award in 2020. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Praise For…

"This is the book I wish I had as a young girl interested in science! Reading the personal stories about these amazing women in biology and learning about their research and careers will without a doubt inspire the next generation of women scientists. This is a must-have book for anyone interested in animals and science." —Corrie S. Moreau, PhD, director and curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection

"Animal Allies inspires girls to explore a career in STEM through the biographies of trailblazing women in wildlife research. This book opens the windows of opportunities and doors of imagination for young women. Every child should have the opportunity to dream about a career path where they can create, imagine, and make a difference in the world." —Dr. Artika R. Tyner, author of Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire

"A timely and terrific book about women in wildlife research. The portraits are fascinating; the additional resources and activities are fabulous. Animal Allies will inspire young nature lovers everywhere." —Deborah Hopkinson, author of Butterflies Belong Here

“I loved this book! The profiles are readable and personal, capturing the passion these women feel for their work protecting wildlife. The conversational style of writing makes science and scientists feel accessible, while connecting specific living creatures to larger environmental issues like climate change and social justice issues like racism and sexism.” —Mary Cronk Farrell, award-winning journalist and the author of Fannie Never Flinched and Pure Grit

“Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan makes STEM come alive with her captivating narratives of women scientists in the field. The detailed slice-of-life biographies written in accessible language, along with side bars that include fascinating background info and subtle calls to action, create an indispensable volume for the classroom or homeschool library.” —Teresa Robeson, author of Queen of Physics

"Delighted and honored to be part of this book. Thank you for including me amongst this group of inspirational, motivated and successful women.” —Dr. Helen Pheasey, lecturer at the School of Anthropology and Conservation

"The women highlighted in Animal Allies are funny, smart, and above all else tough. Reading was more than an inspiration, it was a reminder that women are out there, all over the world, learning, exploring, and figuring out how animals live—all while creating space for future generations of passionate women to work alongside us." —Dr. Michelle LaRue, associate professor, University of Canterbury

"Encourages readers to appreciate the animal world and those who study it." — Kirkus Reviews

There’s no doubt that these stories will inspire many a young reader to follow their animal interests into a future career." — Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781641606226
ISBN-10: 1641606223
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: May 17th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Women of Power

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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