Thursday, December 26, 2019

Book Review: A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals

About the Book:

From New York Times bestselling author Millie Marotta comes this gorgeous celebration of the animal kingdom. A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals highlights the plight of 43 endangered species from around the world, including rare and well-known animals living in freshwater, oceans, forests, mountains, tundras, deserts, grasslands, and wetlands. Vivid illustrations bring caribous, axolotls, giraffes, agami herons, and many more to life on these rich and varied pages. Illuminating text relays the story of each species, from how they live and why they are endangered to what is being done about it. Complete with a map detailing where each species can still be found, this visually rich, timely, informative book raises awareness in the most spectacular way.

My Thoughts:

My seven-year-old and I read straight through A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals by Millie Marotta before integrating it into our daily home education curriculum.  The beautiful illustrations and coordinating narratives entertained and educated. Each page spread showcases one endangered animal and, prior to reading A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals, I was not familiar with many of the animals in the book. We especially enjoyed learning about the Saola, the Little Dodo Bird (featured on the cover), and the Fishing Cat. Continuing on with this book, we’ll do a daily reading page and supplement the information with online educational videos to reinforce the material.

For other homeschooling parents who hold to an intelligent design view about the origins of our universe, I will state that there are a few mentions of evolution in A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals by Millie Marotta. Depending on personal beliefs, some parents may wish to avoid that topic while others may use it as a discussion opportunity.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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