Gr 5 Up-While this encyclopedia doesn't cover every species that is near extinction, it includes the ones most often given as assignments, such as the giant panda, snow leopard, rhinoceros, northern spotted owl, Venus's-flytrap, and pitcher plant. Over 200 entries are organized into three subject volumes: Mammals; Arachnids, Birds, Crustaceans, Insects, and Mollusks; and Amphibians, Fish, Plants, and Reptiles. Each entry begins with a range map, and most feature large black-and-white and full-color photos. The articles include a description of the species, its habitat and current distribution, why it is threatened, and the conservation methods, if any, being used to save it. Scientific terms are explained within the text. Each volume begins with the same front matter (an article on the causes of endangerment, an explanation of the taxonomic system, an introduction to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, and a discussion of the Endangered Species Act of 1973) and ends with the same annotated list for further research, Internet addresses, and organizations working to save endangered species. Occasionally, it is difficult, if not impossible, to locate the species' habitat on the map provided. Still, this will be a useful set for both school and public libraries. It is similar in format to Encyclopedia of Endangered Species (Gale, 1998), but written for a younger audience. Although less comprehensive than The Endangered Wildlife of the World (Marshall Cavendish, 1993) or the Grolier Student Encyclopedia of Endangered Species (Grolier, 1994), Nagel's offering makes a very affordable alternative.-Jo-Anne Weinberg, Greenburgh Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.