The next chapter features scavengers we're all familiar with - crows and vultures - and some not-so-familiar death eaters like the bald eagle and seagulls. This chapter also delves into how humans have changed the environment, and not for the better, by killing or otherwise altering the habits of these creatures. Next we visit a whole different scene of death - the ocean. Who - or what - eats dead creatures in the ocean? Is being buried at sea a more environmentally-conscious choice? What happens to bones in the ocean?
Halls concludes the book with a thoughtful memory from her youth and a reflection on the sometimes scary and gross but always interesting processes of death. Source notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading, and photo acknowledgements are also included.
Verdict: While not a topic frequently seen, this is an important subject both in science and life. Kids who are exploring science need to see the sometimes gross and scary side as well as the cute animals and exciting experiments and realize how seemingly small changes, like eliminating apparently useless creatures like vultures, can have a huge impact on the world. Recommended (but not for the weak of stomach).
ISBN: 9781512482003; Published August 2018 by Milbrook; Borrowed from another library in my consortium