Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review: Amazing Animals by Design

As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have some fantastic opportunities.  I meet lots of great people, like Debra Haagen.  I noticed her right away, because everything on the Crew is done alphabetical by first name.  So she is frequently right after me on a list.

I get to review some fabulous products.  Big curriculum items, supplementary materials, games, or books... all give me a chance to check out something new, something that can make a difference for us, or something that might just be fun.

And sometimes, I get to write a review that combines a great crewmate and a great product.  Today is one of those times, because Debra wrote the book I get to review.  Amazing Animals by Design is absolutely delightful.

A story of a family going to the zoo, the kids ask all kinds of great questions and the adults (zookeepers, Mom, and Dad) point out how each of the various animals they encounter has some unique feature.

The illustrations are realistic, and there is just enough information to keep the story a story instead of an animal encyclopedia.  Though there is an animal encyclopedia included on the last page of the book:


The Crew received the pdf version of the book, which worked really well on my regular Kindle, as long as I switched to landscape mode.  The illustrations, while not in color on the black & white Kindle, were still charming.  You can purchase the book for $8.99 from the publisher, or the pdf version for $7.99.

My younger two (this book is targeting roughly PreK-3rd grade) enjoyed the story, and even my teens took the opportunity to read the story aloud to their younger siblings.  I think we all learned something.

To see what my fellow crewmates had to say about this book, click the banner here:

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Disclaimer:  As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive this ebook for the purposes of a review.  All opinions are my own.  For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.




2 comments:

Noteable Scraps said...

Thank you for your review! :)

The Zookeeper said...

Looks like a wonderful book!