Kid Lit Review of “Wild Animals” and “Farm Animals” by Laaren Brown

Animal Planet and Time Inc. Books have produced these two great new books both by Laaren [no I didn’t misspell it] Brown that are filled with fun facts and fabulous pictures.

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Wild Animals takes a look at creatures that survive out in nature, from oceans and forests to deserts and jungles. The double page spreads are full of information that will delight readers of all ages. (I had to wrestle these away from my husband so I could review them. He only let go after I promised to give them back.)

Picture via Animal Planet website

Picture via Animal Planet website

Did you know that a record-setting tiger once swam 18 miles in one day? Or that monarch butterflies fly as far as 3,000 miles when it is time for them to migrate to their winter homes? How about the fact that giraffes only have seven neck bones, just like people – only theirs are way bigger!

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In Farm Animals, readers will learn, inter alia, that male geese have blue eyes and females have brown eyes, in case you were wondering how to tell the sexes apart. We learn baby names too: baby bunnies are called kits or kittens, baby goats are called kids, and baby horses – called foals – can walk within an hour after they are born! Alpacas hum to each other and turkeys gobble, a word which is of course an onomatopoeia.

A yawning alpaca (humming is done with a closed mouth)

A yawning alpaca (humming is done with a closed mouth)

These books have more than just interesting trivia and adorable pictures, because after you get a taste, you will definitely want more. And so they have suggestions for activities, places to visit, websites, and suggested books for further reading. Each book also has a glossary and index at the back.

One of my favorite pictures:  Jim and some farm animals playing a round of golf in Scotland

One of my favorite pictures: Jim and some farm animals playing a round of golf in Scotland

Both books are recommended for readers aged 4 and over.

Evaluation: Not only are these books fun and beautiful, but a portion of your purchase will benefit the Principal Partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond), Animal Planet’s project to help make the world a better place for animals. You can learn more about ROAR here, and you can download free “fact cards” here.

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Published by Time Inc. Books, 2016

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2 Responses to Kid Lit Review of “Wild Animals” and “Farm Animals” by Laaren Brown

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    I’m embarrassed that I reviewed these today as well. I should delete my post and just direct people over here.

  2. Athira says:

    I love the sound of these books. Right now, my kid is all about farm animals. Of course, she is not ready for these books but I would definitely enjoy them.

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