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Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries Hardcover – March 6, 2013

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: Animal Helpers
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (March 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160718611X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607186113
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. In addition to the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl s Rescue, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Sylvan Dell, some of her other recent titles include Osprey Adventure, Saving Squeak: The Otter Tale and Seahorses. Jennifer resides in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets.

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By S. Brewer on November 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Although I have not yet read this book, I was a volunteer at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary for two seasons and I have visited Carolina Tiger Rescue, so I feel well educated enough to say this is a book everyone should read. If more people understood the detriment of owning exotic animals, there might be less need for these sanctuaries and fewer abused and exploited animals.
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Format: Hardcover
The big tiger moved forward, his eyes focused as if he had spotted his prey, but wait ... is he in the wild? Unfortunately, this tiger may have become a victim of circumstance instead of being able to roam in the wild. These days "some people do own wild animals as pets or as part of a performing act." Unfortunately, these critters don't always remain small or hold their charm and people find themselves unable to take care of them. Just what will happen to those lions, tigers, bears and other wild animals who find themselves in this predicament? Fortunately "there are sanctuaries, rescue zoos, and even care farms" where they can go to have their needs met.

Not all states have laws in place to prevent people from obtaining wild and exotic animals as pets. The cute factor quickly goes away as they mature and they "can grow to be large, dangerous, and wild." Lilly and Titan once found themselves in a serious predicament because they were not only ill, but starving. Fortunately they were taken in by The Wildlife Sanctuary and discovered each other. Kiki, a Canadian lynx, would be unable to take care of herself in the wild because she was declawed and her teeth were filed. When her owner was not longer able to care for her, she found a safe harbor at Safe Haven Rescue Zoo. In this book you'll meet many other animals who have been rescued from an assortment of circumstances and have now found forever homes.

This is an amazing story of wild rescue animals who have found forever homes in sanctuaries. This is a "photo journal" of several different animals who have found themselves in a predicament not of their own making. Unfortunately, as the book states, these once cute and cuddly animals do grow up and can become a danger to the humans around them.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Learning Table on June 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries is a photo journal, peeking behind the scenes at five different nonprofit animal sanctuaries and rescue zoos. This book begins by introducing young readers to the differences between domestic and wild animals, and the author clearly explains the reasons that wild animals should not be kept as pets. Author Jennifer Keats Curtis shows readers the important and special work that wildlife rescuers do.

The subject matter of Animal Helpers is appropriate for all ages, and the full-page photographs will especially appeal to visual learners. The format of this book makes it a nice read-aloud, and the accompanying activities provide enough resources to turn this book into a unit study. A field trip to an animal sanctuary or zoo would be the perfect activity to cap things off.

The extra features of Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries include a "For Creative Minds" section with the following reproducible activities:

-Domestic pet, exotic animal, or farm animal
-Animal enrichment
-Behind the scenes at animal sanctuaries

Other extras available (free) on the Sylvan Dell website include:

-Teacher's guide, including cross-curricular activities covering reading, language arts, science, math, and geography
-Interactive quizzes
-State and Core standards

{The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.}
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