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“The sophisticated photography and lighthearted narrative combine in an intriguing introduction to...inhabitants of the natural world.” —School Library Journal


“Ecology adorns every page.... All-in-all I loved this book! It’s beautiful!” —Scientific American, EvoEcoLab Blog


"Fun, factual, and fabulously photographed, Curious Critters demonstrates the important role of literature in helping young readers connect with nature." —Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

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Amazing animals - from a beautiful butterfly to a crabby crayfish - posed for portraits. Good thing photographer and writer David FitzSimmons jotted down what the pink katydid, jabbering jay, poetic opossum, and other Curious Critters had to say!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Curious Critters (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Iris Publishing (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936607697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936607693
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, and Shutterbug. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. David's most recent publications include "Animals of Ohio's Ponds and Vernal Pools," "Curious Critters," which has won five national book awards and sold over 100,000 copies to-date, and "Curious Critter Volume Two," as well as audiobooks for both Curious Critters titles. Forthcoming are "Curious Critters: Marine" (April 2015), featuring common animals in and along the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as the Gulf of Mexico.

One of seven Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school, college, and university classes to photography groups and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival.

Before becoming a freelance photographer and author, David taught for over twenty years--first high school English and then as a university professor, having instructed at the Cornell University, Ohio State University, and Ashland University. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, with a specialty in narrative theory--investigating the components of storytelling--something that influences his photography and writing.

To see more of David's work and to know more about seminars and photo workshops, visit www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com.

To learn more about David's award-winning "Curious Critters" picture books or to get more information about his author visits, check out www.curious-critters.com.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MMaru on December 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a positively charming book! It features beautiful photos of several animals that are found in our own back yards and teaches readers about them in a creative way, using the voice of each creature. I read this book with a fellow grown woman and we were both giggling as we read it. It's extremely clever and will no doubt be a favorite for readers young and old!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nana07 on December 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Curious Critters, by photographer David FitzSimmons, is an award winning, eye catching photo book of both familiar and unfamiliar critters that captivated my ten-year-old granddaughter so much that she took it to school to share with her teacher and class the same day the principal brought in his snake. They enjoyed being able to see the animals closely in detail while also learning some interesting facts as humorously told by each one. More facts can be found in the back of the book along with life-size silhouettes for readers to guess which critter is which. I also reviewed Curious Critters on NanasCorner.com where I only review books my grandchildren enjoy reading. Both they and I highly recommend you give this book as a gift to your naturally curious child.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NewAgeMama TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My children absolutely loved this book. The oldest daughter is eleven and she read it to her younger siblings. Even though she has moved onto chapter books, she found this picture book entertaining and educational. My toddler loves the photographs and got more and more excited every time we turned the page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Vinzant on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If the little creatures in your backyard or kid's fishbowl had a high powered PR campaign, they couldn't do better than David FitzSimmons' Curious Critters. He's a fantastic phtographer, dad and professor who's given beetles, baby birds, frogs and flying squirrels a chance in the spotlight for kids K-4.

Each subject is photographed on an austere white background, like a flower or piece of jewelry. Many are so much bigger on the page than in real life that you can appreciate all their spots, claws and creepy eyes.

FitzSimmons speaks in the creature's voice right next to them, letting kids see a little bit of their personality and life from their perspective. They prey animals are all gittery. The predators are a bit cocky. The blue jay brags about scaring you by sounding like a hawk. The baby red-eyed vireo has just fledged but can't fly and says: "Mom's a little upset, but she's still feeding me. She said I flew pretty well." That's a perfect description of bird life for a little kid-a way to get them to leave such baby birds on the ground without misleading them about birds having an aversion to human smell.

FitzSimmons also makes sure to note that all the animals were "handled carefully and not sedated." Some-I bet that baby vireo-were in a wildlife rehabilitation center. On a blog, Fitzsimmons mentions the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, as one of his favorite places. (It's halfway between Columbus and Cleveland and has tours, hiking and raptor demonstrations.)

My daughter Ginger is just a few months old, but I felt compelled to read the book to her. I'm sure some day she'll love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glimpse on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Unlike many books of this nature, Curious Critters doesn't focus on exotic animals that are hard to find, and are only in other countries. No, instead David FitzSimmons has chosen to photograph common animals...the kinds of critters that we'll find in our own backyard. A few examples are the Bluejay, a spotted salamander and a toad. Another aspect of the book that we truly enjoyed was that the author allows each of the animals' "personalities" to make an appearance. It is written as if each animal is talking to you...and even interacting with the animals on other pages of the book! Very fun and attention grabbing!

Curious Critters is both simple, yet stunning. Instead of busy, color-filled pages, the white backgrounds with some of nature's great critters proudly displayed on each page really is fabulous. Curious Critters is both entertaining but also educational and we love it!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bioteach44 on April 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I recently found this book and author at the National Science Teacher Association conference in Indianapolis. Curious Critters is an excellent rendition of wildlife photography at its simplest, focusing on the organisms themselves and nothing more (amazing what a white background can do!). And if the pictures aren't enough, the language is fun and inviting for the youngsters as well. My current favorite is the song that goes to the tune of "Rain Rain" but talks about the life cycle of the spotted salamander.

The author, David Fitzsimmons was also at the conference. Not only did David sign my book but he also spent some time talking about his passion of blending photography and children's literature. He also does readings and workshops for preschool-high school alike. Excellent book, David, and looking forward to more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KarenN on October 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Curious Critters is the first children's picture book written by David FitzSimmons. This book features a wide variety of animals found in North America. First of all, the images are amazing! The critters are photographed against a white backdrop in order to highlight, and not clutter, the animal's wondrous colors, and other visual characteristics. David includes a description with each photo that is told from the critter's perspective, both educational and amusing.

Curious Critters even taught me a thing or two. Did you know a jumping spider has fluid inside its eight legs and with changing pressure, it creates movement? Wow!

There is also a section in the back of the book that covers more factual information on the critters presented in this book to read with children when you have more time. My 4 1/2-year-old also thought it was neat to view the life-size silhouettes of the curious critters. There are questions near the back of the book to spur more interest in young readers and a glossary of terms is included. A few less obvious critters are mentioned in the last page of the book to seek out and find for added entertainment.

Curious Critters is great for boys and girls, alike. The images will leave you in aw and I think it could help spur an interest for nature in young readers. I hope to see more children's books by David FitzSimmons in the future.

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