Curious Critters Volume Two

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In Volume 2 of the award-winning Curious Critters series, photographer David FitzSimmons depicts a variety of animals common throughout North America. See stunning images of everyday animals, including a great-horned owl, American alligator, bluegill, striped skunk, gold-green sweat bee, cave salamander, sidewinder, and many other eye-catching creatures. Each Curious Critter is photographed against a white backdrop, showcasing the animals' colors, textures, shapes, and seeming personalities. Each photo is ...

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Overview

In Volume 2 of the award-winning Curious Critters series, photographer David FitzSimmons depicts a variety of animals common throughout North America. See stunning images of everyday animals, including a great-horned owl, American alligator, bluegill, striped skunk, gold-green sweat bee, cave salamander, sidewinder, and many other eye-catching creatures. Each Curious Critter is photographed against a white backdrop, showcasing the animals' colors, textures, shapes, and seeming personalities. Each photo is accompanied with a short narrative, told from the critter's perspective, that educates and entertains. For example, a bilingual armadillo banters about its unique pink protective shell, a click beetle explains its back-bending acrobatics, and a high-flying falcon narrates its death-defying dive.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
FitzSimmons’s companion to 2011’s Curious Critters features dramatic, close-up photographs of 20 animals that range from recognizable (monarch butterfly, gray squirrel) to unfamiliar (gold-green sweat bee). Each subject describes itself in language varying from earnest to playfully boastful: “My name is eyed elater./ No beetle’s jump is greater./ Click. Click. Click,” says one insect with hip-hop swagger. Elsewhere, a cardinal describes domestic tranquility (“We built another nest, and now the apple of my eye is incubating our second clutch of eggs”). FitzSimmons’s intimate photos and mix of science and fun should especially appeal to kids who would rather have a pet tarantula than gerbil. Ages 2–8. (Feb.)
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"A mix of science and fun" —Publishers Weekly

"Impressive Photographs" —School Library Journal

"FitzSimmons's photos…will have youngsters enthralled" —SLJ Nonfiction Notes

School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 2–5—Twenty-three creatures provide first-person anthropomorphized perspectives on their experiences. Large, clear photographs of amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and insects shine against each spare background. While many of those critters will be familiar to young readers (striped skunks and American alligators), there are some unusual choices, from geometer moths to eyed elaters. The photographs are visually stunning with dramatic facial expressions, though they don't always mirror the text. The American alligator section features a lone alligator, though the opening sentence reads, "My brothers and I are practicing bellowing." Statements vary in their appeal. The gold-green sweat bee's interesting perspective strikes with a punch. "Are you nice and sweaty? Great! I'll clean you up. Of course, by 'clean you up' I mean I'll crawl all over your skin and lick up your sweat." Statements from other animals don't add much detail, however, such as this limerick from S. Skunk. "My skunk reputation's maligned./On bees and small rodents I dine./And that spray that you fear/coming out of my rear,/I think odoriferously fine!" While there are no source notes provided, there is a glossary, though the vocabulary provided may surpass the level of understanding for the young audience. Glyptodon is defined, for example, as "relatives of armadillos that lived during the Pleistocene epoch and became extinct about ten thousand years ago." The section "Curious Critters: Natural History" provides a few concluding factual statements. The spread "Curious Critters Life-Size Silhouettes" poses several interesting questions against a backdrop of animal silhouettes. It's the impressive photographs that remain the real star here.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936607709
  • Publisher: Wild Iris Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/2/2014
  • Series: Curious Critters Series, #2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 784,484
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. David's CURIOUS CRITTERS series has won multiple national book awards. A life-long educator, David has taught on all grade levels and currently is an Associate Professor at Ashland University. As a Sigma Pro photographer, David's works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, & the Telluride Photo Festival. He regularly appears on ABC, CBS, and NBC-TV.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    This gorgeous book will certainly engage and teach both the youn

    This gorgeous book will certainly engage and teach both the young and old about magnificent critters that inhabit their world.  The photos are stunning - big, bold and accentuated by a white background which make them look almost 3-D.  David's camera focuses on common animals that are found throughout North America and some may even be in your own back yard.  Included with the photo is a short sketch that is told through the eyes of the critters' themselves, which reveal the sounds they make and other interesting and educational facts that hopefully will inspire the reader to do more research on the ones that appeal to them the most.  At the end of the book David cleverly adds a summary of all the Curious Critters Natural Histories, a fun activity page to challenge you, and a glossary of terms to deepen your understand even further.  It is a book I highly, highly recommend.   A book very creative and executed in excellence.

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