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Curious Critters Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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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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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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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!
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.
I received a copy of the book for review. The feelings and thoughts expressed are my own. Original post[...]
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My children and I love this book! The pictures are beautiful and show detail of each creature.Published 17 days ago by Natalie Wildfong
All of our elementary students love the Curious Critter books. The older students read the more in-depth information in the back, and many classes wrote reports from the animals... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doherty L.
Bought this for my library after watching a Utube movie by the author describing his ambition to introduce kids to nature through Photography. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gordon H. Ripley
I just Loved the great pictures and the entertaining words that accompanied them.Published 15 months ago by Lashon Campbell
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The animal portraits jump off each page and speak in first person giving the reader brief but factual information with a humorous touch. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by E D BUCK