When I think “picture book”, what comes to mind is “Goodnight, Gorilla” or something similar. But one of the coolest picture books for Fall is Curious Critters, by David FitzSimmons. He uses stunning photographs to capture unique animals on a simple white background. Along with the full-page photographs, he has included simple, cute text to let readers know what the animals were thinking/saying during their photo session.
The text presents facts in a fun way. So children and adults alike will learn what turtles have in common, why black swallowtails impersonate their toxic cousins and why frogs sing.
Text Excerpt from the Jabbery Jay, who explains that he loves to imitate other birds:
Ha! I scared you with my hawk call, didn’t I? You thought I was coming to get you. Actually, I’m just a jabbery jay, but I love to imitate hawks and other birds.
The book is hardcover and features 21 animals – some of them getting 2-page spreads. Animals include Bullfrogs, Crawfish, Brown Bats, Goldfish, Blue Jays and Jumping Spiders – just to name a few. On the last spread there are animal silhouettes, so the kids can try to guess which silhouette belongs to what animal in the book. And there is a glossary, useful for adults and kids, at the end of the book to define some of the terms, from amphibian to vernal pool.
There are a few curious critters who pictures make it in the book, but not as an “official page”. If you want to know what they are, their labels are on the second page of the book. And to see some of the gorgeous sample photos from Curious Critters, visit Curious-Critters.com.
I would suggest this book as being ideal for ages 5 to 8. I am sure older children and adults will love it for the photography. But the text is best for beginner readers from Kindergarten to 3rd grade. It’s a nice size lap book, measuring 11 x 9.6 x 0.5 inches .
Curious Critters retails for $19.95. You can find Curious Critters for just under $15 on Amazon.
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