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Posted October 28, 2013
Would you like to work at a zoo?
When you were a child, did you ever consider working in a zoo? Or if you are now young, have you thought about it? When they were little, our boys loved zoos, and we visited quite a few of them, like those in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Toledo, OH; Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, and Lafayette, IN; Knoxville, TN; Tampa, FL; St. Louis, MO; Hershey, PA; and Chicago, IL; that I can think of offhand. Zoos are amazing places to see and learn about the many native and exotic animals that inhabit this world. Obviously, it takes a lot of individuals doing many different activities to maintain a zoo. They help protect, care for, and conserve wildlife. What are some of the jobs that are available for people who work in zoos?
This photographic journal book in the Animal Helpers Series from Sylvan Dell Publishing highlights various kinds of workers in a zoo, including zookeepers, veterinarians, animal trainers, interns, and volunteers, and explains their duties in a fun and interesting way. There are luscious full-color, full-page photographs of many sorts of animals, such as a giraffe, a baby moose, chimpanzees, and a rhinoceros, among others—even a newborn snow leopard and a red panda. These pictures come from the Alaska, Austin, Maryland, and Turtle Back Zoos. The “For Creative Minds” educational section has four pages of learning activities, and there are more free activities at the publisher’s website. It would be an excellent book to read and discuss in a homeschool or classroom. Two other books are available in the Animal Helpers Series, Wildlife Rehabilitators and Sanctuaries, and two more are planned, Aquariums and Raptor Centers.
Posted October 4, 2013
My twin daughters are 3 and enjoy this book for the beautiful animal photographs on every page. The engaging text leads to further discussion by asking questions instead of telling a story. I would have preferred the book to have been twice as long because in half of the pages there is a smaller inset photo of a different animal that the text refers to: for example, "Would you help a newborn snow leopard find his paw or scrub a rhino's foot?" There is a large photo of a rhino that takes up both pages and then a 3x5 inch^2 photo of a snow leopard. This is not a distraction to the 3 year olds but it would have made a nicer book.
I received a copy of this book on Goodreads.