Operation Pangolin

Saving the World's Only Scaled Mammal

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Prized for their hard scales, pangolins are one of the most poached animals on the planet. They are also highly endangered. Yet scientists know very little about them. Pangolin rescuers and researchers such as Thai Nguyen have the difficult task of saving pangolins, changing local laws to prevent poaching, educating local communities, and learning more about these mysterious creatures. Join author and photographer Suzi Eszterhas in this exploration of the jungles of Vietnam where Thai works with the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife organization to save endangered pangolins.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Animals, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Animals
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2022-10-04
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF003270, JNF037020, JNF003220
Dewey 599.3/1
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 1030
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Photo captions, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Author, Photographer: Suzi Eszterhas

Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer best known for her work documenting newborn animals and family life in the wild. Her photographs have been published in over 100 magazine cover and feature stories in publications such as TIME, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Popular Photography, Ranger Rick, and National Geographic Kids. Suzi has won awards in many competitions including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, National Wildlife Photo Contest, and Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition. She now serves as the jury chair for the prestigious Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition. She has published 19 books and is based in California.


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  • Green Earth Book Award Longlist, Long-listed, 2023
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2023
  • Freeman Book Award Of Note Title, Commended, 2022


Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will come away feeling empowered to help and more knowledgeable about this amazing creature. Attractive and brimming with intriguing facts.”—Kirkus Reviews