A Book With Stunning Photos – Curious Critters
Here’s a really nice children’s picture book on animals that really stands out. Curious Critters ( $19.95 and published by Wild Iris Publishing) is filled with photographs of North American creatures by David FitzSimmons. The animals are common and can be found in your own backyard. Set against a white background, kids can really study the details of each subject.
Included is a red flat bark beetle, an Eastern spiny softshell turtle, and a spotted salamander. 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.
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.
The books website is www.curious-critters.com. There’s additional resources, including puzzles, coloring pages, e-cards. teachers aids and stories about making the book. Also click on the link to get the interactive view of the book.
Overall: This is a wonderful gift to give. It’s educational and filled with really striking photos that belong in an exhibit. Definitely a collector’s book.