P is for Puffin: The ABCs of Uncommon Animals by Timothy Young. Schiffer Kids, 2021. 9780764362477
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Format: Board Book
What did you like about the book? Uncommon animals around the world are showcased in this ABC book. Each page features an illustration, a few facts, pronunciation, and an acorn at the bottom of the page, to show the relative size of the animal, which I thought was a clever touch. And, wow, there were more than a few animals in this book that I had never heard of – a binturong, a mara, a quoll, to name a few. Engaging realistic illustrations nevertheless have a directness which almost gives the animals personality. This is a great addition to board book collections, especially for little ones who can’t get enough of animals. I wanted to learn more about these endangered animals, protected by the Wildlife Conservation Network, which inspired the book.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No, but it almost seems like it would have made more sense as a picture book.
To whom would you recommend this book? For animal loving kids, ages 3-5.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you like unusual animals
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: January 11, 2022
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