Synopsis: From birds to dogs to horses, kids love to watch, imitate, learn about, and pretend to be animals. But there’s a lot more to being a dog than just panting and walking on all fours. This book combines natural history with creative play activities to encourage children to think like an animal. For each featured animal, children learn key facts such as what it eats; where it lives; who else lives with it; and how it interacts with other animals. Creative prompts then teach kids how to mimic more subtle aspects of behavior that are central to the animal’s life and survival.
My Review: This book was so much more than I was expecting. This book could be used with children in so many ways. It can teach them about animals and their particular traits, be used in a drama lesson or in physical education and active play. This is a great book to introduce children to the natural world in a fun and interactive way. They can howl like a wolf, leap like a frog, use their tongue to see how frogs capture prey, see like a bat, and even use a garden house to pretend they have an elephant trunk to squirt water and so on. There were so many fun activities that could be used, I can see this book being a resource over and over. Parents and their children could also have a lot of fun with some of the activities listed. Just be prepared for kids to become silly, but that is all part of the fun. The facts in the book will also help children learn about why the animals have particular traits or skills and get them thinking about other animals and maybe even a bit about adaptations. A great book for public, school, classroom and home libraries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.