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Author and award-winning freelance photographer David FitzSimmons has created a sophisticated and beautiful new book, Curious Critters to instill in children an appreciation for nature. Intended to stimulate and instruct, be prepared to learn a thing or two yourself, as you explore what it’s like to be a Red Flat Bark Beetle, Black Swallowtail butterfly, Spotted Salamander, Red Eyed Vireo or Chinese Praying Mantis.

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FitzSimmons’ macro animal photography is amazing, the critters jump off the page and into your mind and lap.

21 critters are cleverly presented and detailed:

  • each close-up appears with playful “first-person” text
  • there’s a “natural history” 2-page recap – a small snapshot with info akin to an encyclopedia
  • the group of 21 critters is depicted in a 2-page spread – a life-size graphic silhouette of each critter is represented and children can have fun figuring out which animal is which, and answering questions regarding what animal grouping they’re a part of (amphibians, crustaceans, insects, mammals, etc).
  • there’s also a useful glossary (echolocation, anyone?); and of course, the answers to the various questions posed.

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Curious Critters is not your average children’s picture book. Parents and grandparents will appreciate it as much as children. It could sit on your coffee table for anyone to enjoy, ($19.95). Find games, education resources and more @ curious-critters.com.

(note: recommended for grades K-4)

full disclosure: Wild Iris Publishing provided a complimentary copy of the book for the purposes of our Tried and True Review.