Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"Animal Helpers - Zoos" by Jennifer Keats Curtis (Review & Giveaway)

Paperback $9.95
ISBN: 9781607188506 
About the book:   Zoos are amazing places to see and learn about the many native and exotic of animals that inhabit this world. Some animals are plentiful while others are threatened or in danger of extinction. Zookeepers not only feed and care for these animals, they may also be helping to conserve and protect whole species through breeding and “head start” programs. Follow the extraordinary duties of these unusual animal helpers in this behind-the-scenes photographic journal.

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.
GIVEAWAY: Enter to win one copy of Animal Helpers Zoos provided by SylvanDell Publishing for that child in your life. Begins January 14 & ENDS February 4 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. Open to contiguous USA.
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DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Animal Helpers Zoos was provided by Sylvan Dell Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. The winner’s complimentary copy is also provided directly to them by Sylvan Dell.

42 comments:

  1. This looks like a very dramatic type book, and a new type of reading for me. Would love to read it! I am trying to remember a zoo trip that was fun and different. I guess when I was a small girl in Germany and my mom and grandmother took me to the Frankfurt zoo and all I was interested in was the penguins. and then my mom started calling me her little penguin.

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  2. There was so many good books to pick from, but I think a child would like the Ocean Hide and Seek. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  3. My granddaughter loves fiction mysteries and especially nature, science books, She reads very fast and I love to keep her into reading and books is great for her.

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  4. Many years ago we went tot he San Diego Zoo with my grandson who has now graduated from high school, well, if you have been to this Zoo you will know that it has numerous hills, escalators and a lot of walking, well we had a stroller for my grandson, and he would refuse to ride in it and would say NO No pop pop, and we had to carry him a lot, well finally put him in the stroller and guess what the few minutes after being put in it he was sound asleep, he knew if he got in stroller he would go to sleep, he loved the elephants.

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  5. I believe that we would love to read - First Fire: A Cherokee Folktale by Nancy Kelly Allen, thank you for asking.

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  6. I like the fun/fiction book for my little ones most

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  7. We took my four year old to the zoo for her birthday. It was so much fun listening to her laughing at those silly monkeys.

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  8. A Cool Summer Tail because my daughter loves foxes

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  9. went to yorks wild kindom years ago never been again kids were horrid

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  10. Fort on Fourth Street, The: A Story about the Six Simple Machines

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  11. When I choose books for my students, they really enjoy non-fiction books, especially animals!

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  12. I don't remember this, but when I was about 3 years old, my family went to Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. It was later in the day and we were getting ready to head back home. My grandma heard a lot of screaming so she went ahead to see what all the fuss was about. My mom said that she came back really fast, white as a ghost! One of the BIG snakes escaped and was slithering across the park. ha My grandma is deathly afraid of snakes. I was lucky to have had my grandma for as long as I did...she passed in Dec. 2012 at the age of 96. I miss her. (oh and by the way....to hear my grandma tell the story, it grew at least 3 feet every time she told it!) ha

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  13. I saw 2 that my students would really like: The Perfect Pet and the other one is The Fort on Fourth Street.

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  14. I purchase a variety of fiction and non fiction books for the kids. They like a variety of genres. Thank you for the super giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

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  15. I like to get a variety for the kids. There's use for everything but if I had to pick, I love nonfiction!!

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  16. I choose non-fiction books because that is what my grandson prefers to read.

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  17. I would choose fun books as my great niece and great nephew are just learning to appreciate books since they are too little to read yet :)

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  18. I would choose The Shape Babies Family to teach my great niece and great nephew the shapes before they go to school :)

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  19. I usually pick fun/fiction books
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  20. My boys would like Blackberry Banquet
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  21. When we went to the Fort Worth Zoo once, we were in the primate area and one of the primates was doing a mating ritual and my boys starting asking way too many questions. We left the exhibit area soon after that.
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  22. I haven't been to the Fort Worth Zoo in a long time but plan on going this year with my grandson when the weather is better.

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  23. I would like to get the book Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea

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  24. We read a lot of non fiction because we homeschool but we also are always reading fiction as well.

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  25. One of my favorite zoo trips was when I was pregnant with my youngest child. We went to the Seattle zoo with my dad and little brothers, we took a ton of pictures and it was a great time :-)

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  26. Last time we went to the zoo, was around halloween time and it was decorated with pumpkins and displays everywhere. It was so much fun!

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  27. A wonderful last trip to Philly zoo with my son. I was very pregnant but the zoo was very empty as it was still winter. It was a perfect day!

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  28. I typically get fiction/picture books for my preschooler. My oldest child likes a variety of fiction and non fiction.

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  29. Trip to the zoo---we have not been in quite awhile! I do remember taking our older son when he was about 2 years old. We hope to go visit a zoo this spring when the weather is nice!

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  30. I visited the Sylvan site and my little guy would love "The Beavers Busy Year"

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  31. We took my daughter to the zoo on my birthday. It was the greatest gift to see her so curious and happy on my birthday

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  32. I like to choose fiction and non fiction for my little ones.

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  33. I usually choose factual, non-fiction books.

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  34. Sea Slime looks like a book my kids would enjoy.

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  35. I know my children would enjoy the book, "A Fort on Fourth Street".

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  36. The first time I took my daughter to the zoo (age 2) she wanted to go on the Merry-go-round so badly.... By the time we got there after 100 degree heat and all the animals, she decided she was horrified of it... after it started... as it was going round and round. I looked like the horrible mother that forces their kids to do something they don't want to so I could take a picture... haha, gotta love it.

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  37. I loved when I went to the zoo in college to study nonverbal communication. It was great!! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

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  38. At this point I select fiction for my niece and nephews. They are 3 and 18 months. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

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  39. I think they would like "Sea Slime" by Ellen Prager. Looks wonderful! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

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