As a former elementary media specialist, I enjoy reading and reviewing children’s books. When I saw Curious Creatures, 4 books in 1 available for review, I requested it upon release. I looked forward to reading it and to seeing my son’s reaction. While he’s not yet 3 years old, he enjoys looking at books, having us read to him, and animals fascinate him. I’m glad I requested this book.
This is a quality nonfiction book, written on a second grade reading level. It aligns to the Common Core ELA standards, if that’s important to you. The 4 books you receive in this volume are: Rainforest Friends, Jungle Beasts, Polar Pals, and Curious Creatures Down Under. Topics include some expected animals like the koala, elephant, and polar bear. I didn’t expect to read about the anaconda (ew!), the echidna, or the Arctic tern.
There are many photographs, and almost all of them are close-ups of the animal. The page layout provides plenty of white space, good color that isn’t garish, and the side bars feature other interesting facts.
There aren’t any highly religious descriptions. The author includes a few statements like, “God gave (this animal a feature)” and it is part of the Made by God series. In keeping with the second grade level, the descriptions are simple about size, habitat, food, basic geography, and some facts about the animals’ activities and / or traits.
The one complaint I have is that the book smells weird. I don’t know if it’s the ink, the paper, or the combination, but it’s a strong smell, and I can’t read the book for very long periods. Leaving it propped open has helped a bit, but it may take a while for it to dissipate.
4 out of 5 stars
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Blogger program in exchange for my honest review.