Recently during a math lesson, I asked Sister what three plus two is. She just turned five, so simple math should be… well, simple for her. Distractedly she said, “I dunno.” So, I did what I often have to do when it comes to determining if she knows the answer to something… I phrased it around animals. “If I have three dogs and two cats, how many animals do I have?” She quickly answered, “five,” and gave me one of her “Silly Mommy” looks. I get those often. Anyway, she says she wants to grow up and be a farmer, an animal doctor, or a zoologist. What better way to encourage her love of animals AND get her interested in reading than to give her books ABOUT animals? For her birthday, we gave her Curious Critters Volumes One and Two.
In CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume One, 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.
CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume Two showcases more amazing animals—from cute cottontails to a babbling bunting—posed for portraits. Good thing photographer and writer David FitzSimmons once again recorded what the mathematical moth, buccaneer bluegill, bilingual armadillo, and other Curious Critters had to say!
Each Curious Critter is showcased with a story, poem, or song from it’s own perspective. Like the Bush Katydid (pink bug) that Sister is pointing to in the bottom right photo? It is her favorite. The pink katydid says, in part, “Sometimes I wish I could change my color. I mean, all the other katydids are green, but I’m pink. Scientists say that pink katydids are special. My mother thinks so, too… My bright color is often pretty cool. I blend in with pink flowers…”
Since Sister has such a huge heart for animals, it is especially neat to her that the text is written from the animals perspective. She giggles as she asks, “Mom, did you know that a Geometer Moth is really good at math? It started as an inch worm!”
I hope she keeps her love for animals for ever, and I am to feed that love with books like Curious Critters! Mister is especially interested in marine life, so I hope to add the Curious Critters Marine and the Curious Critters 4-in-1 Educational Card Game to our collection.
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