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Invasive Species in a Globalized WorldEcological, Social, and Legal Perspectives on Policy$
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Reuben P. Keller, Marc W. Cadotte, and Glenn Sandiford

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226166049

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226166216.001.0001

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“Sooper” Impact:

“Sooper” Impact:

Drawing the Attention of Kids to the Dangers of Invasive Species

(p.99) Chapter Five “Sooper” Impact
Invasive Species in a Globalized World

Mark Newman

University of Chicago Press

As residents of a state bordered on its sides by four of the five Great Lakes, artist Mark Heckman and writer Mark Newman felt a responsibility to do their small part to raise public awareness and encourage good stewardship of our natural resources. Using the literary device of a superhero, we felt we could draw children’s attention to the problem of non-native species in the Great Lakes. During the development process, we considered many unique superpowers for our main character, but in the end made the decision to go in a different direction to underscore our belief that anyone can be a superhero when it comes to protecting the earth. We did make one concession the conventions of the genre; we gave our hero a bulldog sidekick named Mighty Mac. The Great Lakes provided an abundance of villains, more than 180 non-native species that are not inherently evil but pose a threat due to the fact that they are invasive and in many cases have no natural predator to control their numbers and movement. Our book, Sooper Yooper: Environmental Defender, took on a life of its own when a one-hour educational program created to promote its publication was supported by the Wege Foundation and was subsequently embraced by schools throughout the Midwest.

Keywords:   invasive species, Great Lakes, children’s literature, primary education

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