Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons

Photographer David FitzSimmons turns his camera on a variety of animals common throughout North America. CURIOUS CRITTERS presents stunning images of everyday animals, including a red flat bark beetle, an Eastern spiny softshell turtle, a spotted salamander, and many other intriguing creatures. Each Curious Critter is photographed against a white backdrop, showcasing the animal’s colors, textures, and shapes with precision and clarity. Along with each photo is an entertaining and educational vignette, told from the critter’s perspective: a bush katydid explains her bubblegum-pink color, a poetic opossum opines upon her often-shortened name, and a far-from-modest black swallowtail butterfly lets readers in on her secret for avoiding predators. Young boys and girls will delight in these colorful critters and their tales

In his children’s picture book CURIOUS CRITTERS (November 2011, Wild Iris Publishing, hardcover, ages 4-8) photographer David FitzSimmons turns his camera on a variety of animals common throughout North America. CURIOUS CRITTERS presents stunning images of everyday animals, including a red flat bark beetle, an Eastern spiny softshell turtle, a spotted salamander, and many other intriguing creatures. Each Curious Critter is photographed against a white backdrop, showcasing the animals’ colors, textures, and shapes with precision and clarity. Along with each photo is a vignette, told from the critter’s perspective, that educates and entertains. For example, a bush katydid explains her bubblegum-pink color, a poetic opossum opines upon her often-shortened name, and a far-from-modest black swallowtail butterfly lets readers in on her secret for avoiding predators.

When parents read CURIOUS CRITTERS with their kids not only will they have fun reading, but they also inspire in them a life-long interest in nature. Kids will want to swap TV and video games for a trips to the park or more time in the backyard. So, get ready to have a budding biologist on your hands!

Just some of what kids will learn:

  • What turtles and humans have in common
  • Why black swallowtail butterflies impersonates their toxic cousins
  • How Eastern box turtles can live longer than humans (over 150 years!)
  • If squirrels can fly
  • Why crayfish grow new legs
  • How bats find food
  • Why frogs sing
  • How jumping spiders jump and why they never have to look over their shoulders.

My Thoughts

If you take the words of Alice in Wonderland… “Things just get curiouser and curiouser….” to heart then you are going to love this book.

The IE Twins absolutely adore books that have to do with animals, birds and insects…especially if the are a bit different then what you’d normally see around the neighbor. They are very curious children so this book fit them perfectly.

David FitzSimmons captures wonderful photographs and adds interesting bit of information about each critter. The twins were fascinated with the information and readily shared it with anyone willing to listen.

The Curious Critters website has delightful games and cards for children plus a special section for parents and teachers. Since we home school I am both of those things and completely enjoyed that he incorporates information for us on his site as well.

Curious Critters is definitely a book to pick up for your child if they love critters and are interested in learning more about the animal kingdom. They’ll be delighted, entertained and educated along the way.

Christine

The IE Mommy

The IE Mommy

The IE Mommy

I am a stay at home mom of three; ages 7, 6 and 1! I love doing product reviews and finding the best things to use for my family. Reading and writing have always been my passions so this allows me to incorporate them with the things that mean the most to me!
The IE Mommy
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