Weird and Wonderful Creations---A Great Book for Young Animal Lovers
My seven-year-old daughter wants to rescue animals when she is grown up, and she wants to acquire as many facts about animals as possible. So, when I saw Weird and Wonderful Creations, I thought that it might be a perfect book for her. Well, I was right! She loved it. This book is a compilation of four different early readers: Spiders, Snakes, Bees, and Bats; Big Bugs, Little Bugs; Sea Creatures; and Poisonous, Smelly, and Amazing Plants. The layout is very well done. Each page is colorful, has informative text in the middle of each page which contains general information about an animal or plant, has trivia-type facts put in text boxes in the sidebars, includes beautiful closeup photos of the animals and plants, and points to God as the creator of every living thing discussed in this book. What could be better?
At first I was afraid that the pages would buzz me out and be a little too busy with the text boxes in the sidebars, large pictures in the middle, text in the middle, and different colors everywhere. However, that was not the case, and I really do not think that the pages were too busy at all. Ultimately, I was impressed that the pages were designed in a way that definitely kept my daughter's attention...without buzzing her out or distracting her. I also like how there was a lead-in to the next animal or plant discussed. For instance, on the page about the bald eagle, the text says, "God made everything. It is all good. He made the big, strong eagle and the squeaky, scary-looking..." (26) The following page then has the word "Bat!" on it. What a great way to keep children reading and continually draw them in to the text. I will say, however, that I remember one or two of the lead-ins not really working for me; they didn't quite flow right. That didn't seem to be a big deal to my daughter, though.
While being chock-full of information, this book is still fun and does not read like an encyclopedia, which I think would be too much for the intended audience. My daughter could not get enough off all of the facts. There were definitely enough facts that she'd learn more if she'd read through this book again. If I were to be completely honest, I, too, learned different facts through this book. I cannot say that about every single early reader I've read. Also, for those who care, this book is linked to Common Core standards.
I highly recommend this wonderful non-fiction book for young readers--especially those that are into animals.
Weird and Wonderful Creations is a bind up of the nonfiction Made By God series. With photos and facts showing children the wonders of God’s creation, this collection includes four complete early reader titles as well as over 200 additional facts throughout the book. Some of the creatures featured include whales, tarantulas, bats, sea turtles, and more. All facts align with the Common Core Standards for informational reading for young readers.
Weird and Wonderful Creations includes:
- Spiders, Snakes, Bees and Bats
- Big Bugs, Little Bugs
- Sea Creatures
- Poisonous, Smelly, and Amazing Plants
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