Orangutan Hats and Other Tools Animals Use by Richard Haynes, Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis


Orangutan Hats and Other Tools Animals Use by Richard Haynes, Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis, Published by Candlewick Press, 9781536200935, 2021

Format: Hardcover, 32 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book-Nonfiction

What did you like about the book? Illustrated digitally, this title takes readers across the globe showcasing how animals and insects use tools.  Haynes starts by explaining what a tool is and how humans use them for everyday living.  He then travels to each continent and notes how some of its most creative creatures have adapted tools for themselves.  In depth descriptions of each animal and the way in which they use their tool are noted.  Colorful pictures add a nice element to the informational text and accompany most of the animals and insects highlighted.  Table of Contents, Glossary, and Index are helpful resources that accompany this book. A bibliography at the back is also useful for readers looking to learn more.

To whom would you recommend this book? Young readers in grades 2 to 5 who enjoy true stories about animals will enjoy this tale.

Who should buy this book?  Educators in elementary schools or public libraries who need more books on science or animals could use this title.

Where would you shelve it? Picture book-Nonfiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside near the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon Intermediate School, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: June 25, 2021

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