Curious Critters

Curious Critters

by David FitzSimmons


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936607693
Publisher: Wild Iris Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2011
Series: Curious Critters Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 839,076
Product dimensions: 11.20(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning photographer and writer. His Curious Critters children’s picture books have won numerous national book awards and have sold over 100,000 copies. A Sigma Pro photographer, David presents seminars and workshops across North America to a wide variety of audiences. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State, with a specialty in narrative theory. A life-long educator, David frequently visits schools to talk about connecting children and nature.

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Curious Critters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
laceyfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is about animals and it is portrayed in an animal¿s point of view. It talks about many different animals. The pictures in the book seem to jump out of the pages. The back of the book shows natural history notes about each of the animals.Personal Reflection:I loved this book. It was very educational and I learned a lot of little facts about some of the animals. It would be great to use in the classroom.Classroom Extension:1. This would be great to use to teach the students about animals.2. this would also be a fun book to read to the students during teaching Science.
A2JC4life on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Curious Critters is a beautiful book by photographer David FitzSimmons about a variety of unusual creatures.What you see on the cover is indicative of the interior photography. Each page contains a large color photograph of an animal against a white background. A few examples: Gray Treefrog, Bush Katydid, Blue Jay, Southern Flying Squirrel, Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle, Monarch caterpillar.Each photo is accompanied by text describing the pictured critter from its own perspective. At the end of the book are a couple extra features. First is a two-page spread that includes miniature versions of each animal photo, accompanied by a short, more ¿scientific¿ write-up about each one. This is followed by another two-page spread which features silhouettes of each of the creatures, in proportion to one another. The silhouettes are numbered, and used to answer several interactive activity-type questions also included on the page. (Answers are on the following page.) Additional activities (and sample pages for online viewing) are available at
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Curious Critters introduces young readers to over 20 "critters," up close and personal. From the creepy eight-eyed jumping spider, to the bizarre yet strangely beautiful Chinese praying mantis and the fuzzy and adorable red-eyed vireo (don't know what a vireo is? I didn't either till I read this book!), this book is full of truly interesting creatures. The text accompanying each critter is brief, a few short paragraphs at most, and informative. The reader will learn what box turtles eat, why bullfrogs sing, and how a fox snake hunts. At the back of the book is a two-page spread with a small reprint of each critter's photo, and an additional paragraph of information on each. There's a second two-page spread of "Curious Critters Life-Size Silhouettes" with outlines of each critter for size comparisons. Placed among the silhouettes are several fun questions with answers on the following page, where there is also a glossary. While there are a myriad of books for young readers on all sorts of critters, this one stands out because of the incredible photography. The lens brings each animal so close to the reader that you can easily see each feather on the blue jay, and every bump on the toad. With a stark white background for each photo, the eye is drawn to the animal, not any distracting background. Author/photographer David FitzSimmons is to be commended for his fantastic use of photography to engage youngsters. Quill says: This book is a must-have for young, curious critter lovers. The fuzzy, adorable bird-with-a-serious attitude on the front jacket flap is my absolute favorite "Curious Critter." Which critter will be your favorite?