From the opening dedication ("To Tootles, my tortoise, Long May You Run"
) to the appendix of fascinating natural history museums and hardworking conservation charities around the world, Gone
is an inspiration. Each of the eleven lovely, illustrated chapters focuses on one extinct animal, sharing stories of its history, biology, personality, and disappearance, and exploring what remnants of it can be found today. Michael Blencowe's gorgeous—always affectionate and fascinating, and often humorous—tributes to each creature will have animal lovers falling deeply in love with the now-vanished life forms, from the Xerces blue butterfly and spectacled cormorant to the Pinta Island tortoise and Steller's sea cow. Have tissues handy…and prepare to be galvanized into planet-saving action! (CH)