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LAST OF THE CURLEWS

Fred Bodsworth

Toronto, McClelland & Stewart, 1991. 132pp, paper, $5.95
ISBN 0-7710-9874-X. CIP


Grades 7 and up/Ages 12 and up
Reviewed by Pat Bolger

Volume 20 Number 1
1992 January


Bodsworth's classic story of one of the last of a dying species, first pub≠lished in 1955 and reprinted in a New Canadian Library edition in 1963, has been reissued with a new afterword by Graeme Gibson.

It is brief, easily read, and beautifully complemented by Terry Shortt's illustra≠tions. .Excerpts from scientific reports, documenting the decline of the Eskimo curlew over nearly two centuries, show clearly that human greed and thought≠lessness led to its extinction.

This poignant illustration that we are living, as Graeme Gibson writes, in an "Age of Extinctions" does occasionally slip into anthropomorphism, but perhaps that is what is needed. A must for children's collections in public libraries and school libraries;óboth elementary and secondary.


Pat Bolger, Renfrew, Ont.
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