This edition of Animal Bites looks at Wild Animals from across the globe. Stuffed with vibrant pictures and simple but fascinating facts for young readers.
Animal Planet: Wild Animals Review
The Animal Bites series, created by Animal Planet and Time Inc, Books, as a way to introduce young readers to a variety of animals all over the world does, for the most part, a fantastic job. It’s a difficult task to balance how much information you can give children without overloading them, and they’ve knocked that part of their task out of the park every time. Also, the pictures and ‘just like me’ sections consistently draw the eye and engage the children. The mini-games and activities mentioned at the back of the book are also easy and non-expensive ways to engage them further once the magazine is read. This series also invites re-reading multiple times. There’s always something you overlooked the first time.
Animal Planet: Wild Animals (Animal Bites #4) did a fantastic job with picking the perfect pictures. The Animal Gallery section is sure to make adults and children “Oooh” and “Awww” over the adorable critters displayed in it. My favorites were the Aardvark and the Lemur Tree Frog. My child loved the Fennec Fox picture, as well as the Tarsier.
I appreciated the fact that Wild Animals points out that some animals simply aren’t suited for the zoo, while others are. The section Back from the Brink points out how close we’ve came to losing some animals, and the (general) steps we had to take to save them. This can provide a great jumping off point for talking about conservation and endangered species with children. The section about the robins is particularly amazing and really drives it home.
Overall, this household was extremely happy with Animal Planet: Wild Animals, and, as usual, we can’t wait for the next Animal Bites to be released! The fun, yet easy to understand facts, beautiful pictures, and thoughtful layout make it a perfect choice for any animal-loving young reader. You can order it now on Amazon.