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Mama Poc: An Ecologist’s Account of the Extinction of a Species.

LaBastille, Anne. Octavo, tan cloth & olive green boards (hardcover), gilt letters, 313 pp. Near-Fine, with a touch of foxing to page edges; in a Near-Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: Anne LaBastille, author of the best-selling Woodswoman, may be one of the few ecologists to follow the decline of a creture from well-balanced population to extinction. Twenty-five years ago, she became fascinated by a flightless diving bird found only in the highlands of Guatemala. Called the giant grebe, it had a call that sounded like Poc. From the 1960s to the late 1980s, the noted ecologist -- known affectionately as Mama Poc -- saw the bird's decline and the poisoning of its volcano-rimmed setting, once pristine Lake Atitlan. This is the story of the assaults, both natural and man-made, on one small ecosystem. The introduction of large-mouth bass nearly destroyed the food chain. Earthquakes, rampant development, and the murder of a game warden all contributed to the decline of the "most beautiful lake on earth." Valiantly, Anne LaBastille mobilized the local people to conservation, but the depredation was too great. FInally, rescue efforts had to come to an end as one of earth's creatures became extinct. This compelling adventure is about a self-reliant woman working in the field alone, at a time when independent women scientists were few and far between. It is also about a crusade that almost succeeded, about warm friendships formed, and about a special love that came into Anne LaBastille's life. Here is a poignant, contained account of what is happening to wildlife and nature all over the world. Mama Poc's message is urgent and clar. The waterbird is gone, the lake is dying. All of us, everywhere, must take care of our planet. Guatemala, Natural History, Giant Grebe, Ecology, Environmentalism, Latin America. yslic
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Smoky, the Cow Horse. Illustrated by the Author.

James, Will. Royal octavo, black cloth (hardcover), full-color illus. paper pastedown to upper cover, gilt letters, uncut (a few unopened), full-color illustrated title, 263 pp. Near-Fine, in a Good+, mylar protected dust jacket with edgewear that includes light chipping. Photographs gladly provided upon request. From author's Preface: To my way of thinking there's something wrong, or missing, with any person who hasn't got a soft spot in their heart for an animal of some kind. With most folks the dog stands highest as man's friend, then comes the horse, with others the cat is liked best as a pet, or a mokey is fussed over; but whatever kind of animal it is a person likes, it's all hunkdory so long as there's a place in the heart for one or a few of them. I've never yet went wrong in sizing up a man by the kind of a horse he rode. A good horse always packs a good man, and I've always dodged the hombre what had no thought nor liking for his horse or other animals, for I figger that kind of gazabo is best to be left unacquainted with. No good would ever come of the meeting. With me, my weakness lays toward the horse. My life, from the time I first squinted at daylight, has been with horses. I admire every step that creathure [sic] makes. I know them and been thru [sic] so much with 'em that I've come to figger a big mistake was made when the horse was classed as an animal. To me, the horse is man's greatest, most useful, faithful, and powerful friend. Children's Literature, Juvenile Fiction, Illustrated Classics, Horses, Western Americana. bnsli
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The Best of Enemies.

Bond, Nancy. Signed and inscribed by the author. Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 248 pp. Very Good, in a Very Good, price-clipped dust jacket. From dust jacket: Charlotte is not looking foward to Spring vacation. It looms ahead, dull and lonely. Twelve years old and a little spoiled, she is the "baby" of the Paige family and used to attention. But lately her grown brothers and sister -- and even her parents -- have become increasingly preoccupied with pursuits that do not inlude her. The one bright spot she sees in the vacation is the Patriots' Day celebration held annually on April 19th in Concord, Massachusetts, where she lives, to commemorate the start of the Revolutionary War. But this year, all does not go quite as planned -- for Charlotte or anyone else. With an unlikely assortment of allies, including eccentric Commodore Shuttuck and his difficult great-nephew Oliver, Charlotte finds herself involved in a genuine twentieth century confrontation between a handful of oddly assorted Britishers, led by an old naval friend of the Commodore's, and the celebrating Americans, which climaxes at the Old North Bridge in a snowy April dawn. In this richly detailed, highly original and beautifully chacacterized story, by the author of the Newbery Honor book, A string in the Harp, Charlotte begins to face -- and to grudgingly accept -- the difficult business of change, within her family and within herself. Children's Literature, Juvenile Fiction, Newbery, Horn, Signed. bslic