Endangered Species, Empowered Communities Review

To celebrate Earth Day, my children were thrilled to add a new collection of books to their home library. The Endangered Species, Empowered Communities children’s book series features endangered species and their habitats. There are eight hardcover books in the series and each story is proudly written by courageous women and school children from Afghanistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Republic of Congo and Nicaragua.

Dot-to-Dot Children’s Books is working with several not-for-profit organizations such as the Wildlife Conservation Society (there are many more) and all proceeds from the sale of these wonderful books are used to directly fund the woman, children and endangered species that they represent.

The stories are entertaining and each book is packed with interesting information and facts that are sure to engage young readers. As a home educating mom, these books are an excellent resource to teach my children about endangered species, their country of origin and the people who live there. There is a section that gives them ideas about “What You Can Do” and it features an inspirational “Heroine and Leader”. We had previously talked about endangered species and I appreciate that this book series has helped to reinforce their awareness of our amazing world.

We also appreciate the beauty of the illustrations in each book which captures heart and soul of the animals, people and their country. While we have enjoyed reading all of the books in the series, our favorite is “Sam Learns Some Lessons” written in collaboration with Africaid’s 2010 Kisa Scholars and illustrated by Dinesh Revankar. In this heart-warming tale, we were transported to Tanzania where we met “Sam” a young endangered African elephant. My children have requested this story be read to them several times and my six year old can often be found sitting quietly reading it.

These are the eight books in the Endangered Species, Empowered Communities series:

* Yara’s Amazing Nose – Learn how a nose transforms an identity and a friendship for one of the most unique creatures in the animal kingdom – the lowland tapir!

* Carey’s First Day – Follow Carey the hawksbill sea turtle as he navigates the hazardous journey from his nest to his future home in the open ocean.

* When Honey the Tiger Flew – Written by the courageous participants in the Somaly Mam Foundation’s Voices for Change program, When Honey the Tiger Flew is the story of a young tiger who, through determination and ingenuity, rescues his mother.

* The Snow Leopard Dream – Under blue skies dotted by clouds in a remote region, a young girl overcomes her fears and befriends a snow leopard.

* Ndeze and Ndakasi’s New Home – Two orphan mountain gorillas learn the ways of the world as they find a new home.

* Sam Learns Some Lessons – Using the wisdom of elders, a herd of elephants cope with a water shortage.

* Shuba and the Cyclone – A river dolphin loses her way after a cyclone and a crocodile becomes an accidental hero.

* Kajo and Akari’s New Friend – Seeking adventure, brother chimpanzees chase a butterfly through the forest.

You can purchase the entire set of Endangered Species, Empowered Communities for only $49.95 which is 50% off the SRP! In my opinion, this is an excellent value for this book series and it is perfect for children of all ages. Books can also be purchased individually from $7.95-$13.95. Head over to the Endangered Species, Empowered Communities Dot-to-Dot Children’s Books shop to select your favorites now!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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