Review: Curious Creatures

I was pretty excited when I pulled this book out of the box a couple of weeks ago. I think it might have arrived just a few days after Bug, but I can’t really be sure on such minute details as those these days. and . . . they don’t matter in the least. What matters is that this book is pretty awesome for young readers.

Curious Creatures: 4 Books in 1 (Made By God) has a young readers’ textbook feel when you open it. At first, I wasn’t sure what I would think about that, and then I flashed back to my childhood, and I thought to myself: I would have loved this book. I was always fascinated by animals when I was young, and this book teaches about several really interesting animals. I also {admission here} loved textbooks and anything school-related, so I know I would have found the textbook feel of this book invigorating. {Also, homeschooling parents? This would be great for your 1st or 2nd grader’s science lessons!}

The book is divided into four sections {or books}: Rain Forest Friends, Jungle Beasts, Polar Pals, and Curious Creatures Down Under. The book is actually aligned with Common Core Standards and is rated as a Level 2 reader. So, all you teachers or moms who are following Common Core Curriculum, you will know exactly where this fits.

There are a couple of things that I especially loved about this book:

  1. The Layout: the book is designed as an elementary textbook, with the primary text central, clear, and simple. There are lots of great colors, graphics, and pictures, however to keep the book interesting. {I’m finding that my pictures of illustrations don’t really do justice to the books, so . . . just trust me on this!}
  2. The Information: I love the blurbs on each page with extra {& super interesting information} about all of the animals.
  3. The Focus: I love that the authors have woven God into this book, pointing out the awesome ways that God designed these animals for their different habitats or environments. For example, talking about the emperor penguin:

“These penguins cannot fly. God made sure they are great swimmers since they spend most of their lives in the sea looking for food like krill and squid.”

I would highly recommend this for the young reader in your life, especially if they have an interest in animals. It is graded as a Level 2 reader, so most likely reading alone, this book is best suited for 7-8 year olds, but the book is marketed for ages 4-8.

{I’m not including discussion questions for this book, because again it is more of a textbook. I’m sure you will come up with lots of discussions with your kids when you read this book though!}

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I received this book for free for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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