Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo by Cassandra Maxwell

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
ISBN13: 9780802854322
A young reader's non-fiction biography of the man who helped to create the modern zoo, Abraham Dee Bartlett. It begins when he as a young boy was fascinated with animals and read all he could about them. He later pursued caring for them long before there were veterinarian doctors who took care of animals located in zoos. 

The illustrations are interesting and of mixed mediums. They clearly depict the era of the 1800's when Abraham Dee Bartlett lived. The expressions shown on Bartlett's face as a boy and young man are happy and pleasant. The animals are pictured as happy and cared for.

Bartlett was first to acknowledge and act on the fact that wild animals need an environment where they could roam, play, and hide that would be similar to where they lived in the wild. I liked that he discovered how giraffes were frightened when he happened to approach them on quiet slippers. He reasoned that because they were prey to lions who crept silently up on them, that his quiet approach brought out this fear.

An interesting book that is well done for the young reader to delve into the non-fiction world of reading.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated.

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds fascinating. I think I'd learn as much from it as my kids would! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week! It's a pleasure having you!


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