My thoughts: Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis has created another in her series of “Animal Helpers” - Zoos - that is spot-on with its text, illustrations, and educational pages at the back of the book.
Animal Helpers: Zoos inquires of the reader whether they could do certain things for the animals in the zoos. It asks the reader could you do….. while picturing a zoo worker scrubbing a rhino’s foot or giving a baby moose a bottle – all daily incidentals that occupy a zoo worker.
The book presents facts in a subtle way – “Zoos are safe, permanent homes for native and exotic animals.” – letting the child understand that there are many types of animals housed in the zoo.
The interest level of this book can span preschool through middle elementary grades. For the older child, the “For Creative Minds” section at the end of the book can present ideas and facts that will engage him. This is a book that examines the zoo employee’s work and also gives information that will intrigue and inform on different levels. Example: Occupations of Zookeepers, Zoologists and Veterinarian are described with enough detail that a child can comprehend that there are differences while they all deal with the care and/or understanding of animals.
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Comments from the young students at Alamance Christian School:
- I liked it because it's cute.
- I liked the baby alligator.
- I liked all the baby animals. I really liked the 'gater.
- I liked the monkeys.
- I liked the baby polar bear.
- I liked all the cool animals in the book.
- I loved it! The pictures are so cute.