Our planet's most beautiful and endangered animals come to life in this visually stunning picture book. The photos, by award-winning National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, represent a lifelong project to make portraits of the world's endangered animals. They are paired with uplifting poetry and prose from Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander -- a talented dream team duo to craft a uniquely wonderful book. This special edition includes a free poster highlighting 50 endangered species to commemorate the 50th anniversry of Earth Day. A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird -- celebrate the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world in this lush picture book that pairs the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate mix of poetry and prose of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander. Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to enjoy and help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore's lifelong project to photograph every captive animal species in the world, with special attention given to saving endangered species.