September 28, 2011

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Curious Critters book #review

leaping, flying, and coming your way!

In his children's picture book CURIOUS CRITTERS (November 2011, Wild Iris Publishing, hardcover, ages 4-8) photographer David FitzSimmons turns his camera on a variety of animals common throughout North America. CURIOUS CRITTERS presents stunning images of everyday animals, including a red flat bark beetle, an Eastern spiny softshell turtle, a spotted salamander, and many other intriguing creatures. Each Curious Critter is photographed against a white backdrop, showcasing the animals' colors, textures, and shapes with precision and clarity. Along with each photo is a vignette, told from the critter's perspective, that educates and entertains. For example, a bush katydid explains her bubblegum-pink color, a poetic opossum opines upon her often-shortened name, and a far-from-modest black swallowtail butterfly lets readers in on her secret for avoiding predators.

When parents read CURIOUS CRITTERS with their kids not only will they have fun reading, but they also inspire in them a life-long interest in nature. Kids will want to swap TV and video games for a trips to the park or more time in the backyard. So, get ready to have a budding biologist on your hands!

Just some of what kids will learn:
  • What turtles and humans have in common
  • Why black swallowtail butterflies impersonates their toxic cousins
  • How Eastern box turtles can live longer than humans (over 150 years!)
  • If squirrels can fly
  • Why crayfish grow new legs
  • How bats find food
  • Why frogs sing
  • How jumping spiders jump and why they never have to look over their shoulders.
Curious? To see sample photos from CURIOUS CRITTERS visit:

Not only will you see sample photos, have access to coloring sheets, word searches, Education standards and so much more!
This is an amazing book!   The photos are gorgeous, I am just in awe of the colors, the lighting and images.   I had never seen an image of a bush katydid, wow... for a bug it is pretty darn cute. Not only are the images amazing, it is a nice educational book.  A few fun cute sentences with each picture, your child doesn't even know they are learning about these curious critters in the process!

If you are mom of children, a teacher, educator, etc.  I highly recommend this book!

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