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  • Series: Curious Critters (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Iris Publishing (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936607697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936607693
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This collection of amazing close-up images on stark white backgrounds is a stunning introduction to the animals unique beauty. No one could resist lingering over the sharp details in these vibrant photographs. Facing portraits of the American bullfrog and the American toad highlight the differences between the moist-skinned frog and the dry toad. The humorous, first-person text implies a rivalry involving toads and warts versus frogs and princesses. One spread features a face-off between two very different predators a perfectly coiled black-and-gold fox snake and an Eastern screech-owl. The Virginia opossum looks directly into the camera and grabs viewers attention. The tiny mites hitching a ride on the red flat bark beetle are nothing short of amazing. A concluding two-page section provides a brief paragraph on the natural history of each animal and insect. An interesting spread presents overlapping life-size silhouettes of each creature comparing their actual sizes. Each one is numbered and color-coded as a test to identify the individuals and their groupings. The sophisticated photography and lighthearted narrative combine in an intriguing introduction to some of the inhabitants of the natural world. --School Library Journal, Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

In Curious Critters, ecology adorns every page touching on camouflage, symbiosis, feeding strategies, and metamorphosis to name a few. Furthermore, brief natural history descriptions are included in the back so parents can teach their kids a little more about their favorite critters as well as a match-the-silhouette activity to reinforce learning the common names (no scientific names are included). All-in-all I loved this book! It s beautiful! --Scientific American EvoEcoLab Blog Kevin Zelino

A Virginia opossum pauses, mid-patter, on a page in Curious Critters and grins winsomely. Whiskers splayed like curly spokes around its nose, the fuzzy marsupial peers out eagerly with beady eyes. Elsewhere, an Ohio crawfish extends both pincers a crustacean's version of a hug? Kids will perhaps recognize the creatures in this album of animal portraits by university professor David FitzSimmons; the unfamiliar species will surely make their must-see lists. Snappy narratives from the animals perspectives, sprinkled lightly with facts, accompany each bright, glossy photograph. I fly in the dark. I squeak and listen, squeak and listen, says a big brown bat. As my sounds bounce off objects, I hear where things are. It s called echolocation. A website offers games, coloring pages, e-cards, and behind-the-scenes info to keep kids (and adults) engaged beyond the page. --Julie Leibach, AudubonMagazine.org

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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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Curious Critters is a new book by David FitzSimmons.
chimpian
The images of the animals are so colorful and each animal is photographed against the white background to bring out the beautiful and vibrant colors in each animal.
Show Me Mama
I bought this wonderful book for my 5 year old grandson and, of course, he loves it.
Sue Frost

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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 1000 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 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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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 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.
Review appeared in AnimalTourism.com, at : [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My seven-year-old daughter initially balked at reading this book when she saw the large photograph of a gray treefrog on the cover of this amazing book. Upon turning to the page featuring the Blue Jay (her favorite bird), her interest and curiosity were piqued, and she was even more entertained when she read the entertaining text that accompanied the photograph. The Blue Jay has a great sense of humor, and both mom and daughter were appreciative of this.

Each of the "curious critter" featured in the book with accompanying text has interesting, quirky features that make each of these critters unique and interesting to read about. My seven-year-old was especially interested to learn that the black swallowtail (she also loves butterflies) eludes predators by displaying colors similar to a poisonous butterfly! There are many such curious facts in this large picture book that serves to enthrall, educate, and keep readers young and old interested in learning more. We can't wait for the next installment!
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