Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
An ideal early childhood book with both appeal and great science. Younger readers will love this book; lovely language and photos in an alphabet theme. The full page photos make the book ideal for sharing and the single–sentence descriptions of the animals, while not precisely poetry, are lyric and designed to spark great conversation. The impala's long legs are ideal for leaping. Why? What is the advantage in their habitat? The Ural Owl thinks that "mice would be nice" for dinner.
This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book for 2013 is not only a science book but an invitation to bring children to their local zoos, either in person or through the many virtual viewing opportunities that zoos now offer. An appendix describes each animal in the book with their species, home zoo, conservation status, and details of their anatomy, physiology, habitat, and behavior. Hard to resist this book at any age.
Review posted on 1/14/2013