April 1, 2015

Zoology For Kids: A Review

My child is passionate about animals. She's a human encyclopedia, full of all kinds of fascinating facts about them. And loves to demonstrate she knows more than we do.

For a while, she wanted to be a zoologist when she grows up. At the moment, her focus in on becoming a zoo veterinarian. So when I found out about the book Zoology For Kids: Understanding and Working with Animals, I knew I had to get a copy for her. The fact it has a Foreward written by the Kratt brothers sealed the deal.

My first impression of the book was that it is gorgeous. It is full of incredible animal photographs. It also has tons of interesting information about a wide variety of animals. I do wish it was a hardcover book. It feels a little flimsy, and with as much as we have been paging through it, I worry about how well it will hold up over time.

Photo credit: DC Wagner/Nyaminyami Photography, LLC

As a parent, my favorite part is the activities. There are 21 in all. SB is very keen to try out:
  • Conduct An Experiment: Keeping Warm
  • Construct A Food Chain
  • Eat A Bat Fruit Salad
  • Interview A Zoologist
  • Invent A New Species
  • Mold Tiger Teeth
  • Plan A Zoo Exhibit
  • Train Your Friends
Actually, she was enthusiastic about pretty much all of them. The tiger teeth activity was the one she was instantly excited about. Does that come as any surprise?

She wants to make those teeth RIGHT NOW! I'm not exactly sure what we will do with the mold once she's made it. I guess she will keep it in her room with all her other tiger things.

The book includes chapters on what it takes to be a zoologist or zoo veterinarian. What is involved and what an "average" day might look like for those professionals. It includes profiles and interviews with real people, as well as detailed information about the positions.

The book is targeted to kids age nine and up. But it was great for my six year old. She loves to delve deep into subjects, and devours any and all information she can get about animals. 

I'm not sure it would be a good fit for every six year old. My recommendation would be to check out the book online. If your child is in to animals and/or science, this would be a great addition to your home library.

I think it would work particularly well for home schooling families, or those looking for enrichment opportunities outside their child's normal school activities. We fall into the latter category.

We have only been able to skim the surface of all this book has to offer so far. I envision us digging deeper and having fun with the various activities over the summer.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for this review. However, all opinions expressed are my own. See full disclosure statement here.

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