My daughter loves to read books. She has always loved books. I am always on the hunt for books that are not only fun to read but educational as well. I was recently approached to review a book called Curious Critters by David Fitzsimmons. After reading about what the book was all about, I knew I had to review it as I knew my daughter would love it.
About Author David Fitzsimmons
David Fitzsimmons is a freelance photographer and writer as well as a university professor. He photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography and Shutterbug, as well as newspapers and online publications. He has over 100 calendar credits including numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. Curious Critters is David's first children's picture book.
About Curious Critters
In his children's picture book, Curious Critters, 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. Along with each photo is a vignette, told from the critter's perspective, that educated and entertains. For example, a bush katydid explains her bubblegum-pink color, a poetic opossum opines upon her often-shortened name, and a far-from-modest black swallowtail butterfly lets readers in on her secret for avoiding predators.
When the book arrived, my daughter was so excited to read it. I loved that the book is hardcover. In my home, I tend to notice that hardcover books last a lot longer and through the daily reading much better than paperback books. Both myself and my daughter thought the photography was INCREDIBLE! The colors are so bright and inviting. The critters almost seems to jump off the page. My daughter loved reading this book and can now name most of the animals in the book without looking at their names. I found the book very educational for her because she's learned many things about animals.
Some of the things kids will learn:
What turtles and humans have in common
Why black swallowtail butterflies impersonates their toxic cousins
If squirrels can fly
How jumping spiders jump and why they never have to look over their shoulders
After having this book in my home, my daughter has taken an even stronger interest in bugs and other animals that we see outside, which is great!
Overall, the book is a must read for kids of all ages. Your kids may even want to trade watching TV and video games for trips to the park or more time in the backyard to look for some of these critters!
You can purchase this book, due out November 7th, 2011, at the Curious Critters website and other book retailers across the US, including Amazon.com.
Disclosure: I was sent complementary samples in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. All opinions were honest and my own.