The Secret Lives of Animals is the perfect mix of field guide know-how and armchair entertainment. In addition to the standard field guide notes and range maps, the meat of the book will offer up “spark moments” in nature—something fascinating or memorable that catches your attention and sets you on a path of lifelong learning. The Secret Lives of Animals will feature more than 100 North American animals and over 1,000 tidbits in a fun, colorful, illustrated format.
The Secret Lives of Animals, is quite simply, an absolutely awesome book for children. This is one book you can buy for your child and feel one hundred and ten percent good about.
The book is setup somewhat similar to a text book or encyclopedia. Each page has a different animal or creature featured but instead of boring you with tons of added text, each animal is wrapped up in an easy to understand, interesting bundle. Each has a brief description, something totally kid friendly that introduces you to the animal, then below that intro, facts are listed about the animal. This allows the child to really get to know all the important and cool things about each creature in a very succinct and fun way that makes them want to keep reading. As far as appearances go, the book is also a 10! It has colorful blocks of text on pages and cute and colorful pictures of all the animals, as well. The eye-catching pages definitely make it appealing for younger audiences!
When I first introduced the book to my son (he is 7 years old) he absolutely loved it. He was so thrilled and excited. A nature and animal lover at heart, he started reading immediately. This book is perfect for him because it satisfies his curiousity about so many different animals, bugs, creatures, and insects. I found him commenting about certain things he read and even telling me all about hummingbirds actually have tongues and how marlins can weigh up to 2000 pounds!
Totally awesome book and a must buy if you have a child 7+.
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Stacy Tornio is an Oklahoma girl at heart, though she’s lived in Wisconsin for the last 10 years. As editor of Birds & Blooms Magazine, Stacy is able to share her love of backyard nature. Her first book, Cathy’s Animal Garden, takes readers on a picture journey into the neighbor’s scary backyard in search of a homerun baseball. Project Garden, her recent book, is a monthly guide filled with activities to keep the whole family gardening all year long. Along with her husband, Steve, Stacy enjoys watching her two children explore nature in their Milwaukee backyard and on trips up north.
Ken Keffer was born and raised in Wyoming. A vagabond naturalist, he’s done a little bit of everything, from monitoring mice and vole populations and picking up carnivore scat in Grand Teton National Park to researching flying squirrels in the Tongass National Forest of southeast Alaska, and monitoring Bactrian camels in Mongolia’s Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area. He’s also worked as an environmental educator in Wyoming, northern New Mexico, coastal Maryland, and along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. Ken enjoys birding, floating on lazy rivers, and fly fishing in the mountains out west.
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