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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries

Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries is a photo journal, peeking behind the scenes at five different nonprofit animal sanctuaries and rescue zoos. This book begins by introducing young readers to the differences between domestic and wild animals, and the author clearly explains the reasons that wild animals should not be kept as pets. Author Jennifer Keats Curtis shows readers the important and special work that wildlife rescuers do.
The subject matter of Animal Helpers is appropriate for all ages, and the full-page photographs will especially appeal to visual learners. The format of this book makes it a nice read-aloud, and the accompanying activities provide enough resources to turn this book into a unit study. A field trip to an animal sanctuary or zoo would be the perfect activity to cap things off.

The extra features of Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries include a "For Creative Minds" section with the following reproducible activities:
  • Domestic pet, exotic animal, or farm animal
  • Animal enrichment 
  • Behind the scenes at animal sanctuaries
Other extras available (free) on the Sylvan Dell website include:
  • Teacher's guide, including cross-curricular activities covering reading, language arts, science, math, and geography
  • Interactive quizzes
  • State and Core standards

{The publisher provided me with a review copy for my honest opinions.}