Format: Left-the-Flap Board Book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? When I first received this book, I was expecting a board book about animals. Imagine my delight when I saw that it was a lift-the-flap book! Who doesn’t love to peek behind the flaps and see what treasures are there?
Organized by continent, each page features a stylized map, several flaps to lift, and information about habitat, migration, animal intelligence, and interaction with humans. Each flap has a realistic but very cute picture of an animal on it. The pages are colorful and busy, taking the eye from place to place much as the old Eyewitness books did.
Although the physical format of this book is board and flap, it’s not really for the usual board book audience; there is a lot of text in not very big type size. The book is information rich, introducing readers to life cycles, effects of industry on animal populations, and uses specific vocabulary, such as predator, extinction, census, biosphere, and parasitic.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The paper flaps should be stronger. They don’t look like they will hold up to too many repeated readings.
To whom would you recommend this book? Kids who like to learn about the natural world, early grade school classrooms.
Who should buy this book? This would be a great gift for the right young reader. Also a good choice for large libraries with comfortable budgets.
Where would you shelve it ? Juvenile non-fiction.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Robin Shtulman, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
Date of review: 2 October 2018