Little Kids First Big Book of Animals




Coral:  We have that book in our library!  It talks about Dolphins.  I like Dolphins.  Their teeth look like pearls.  I would like to swim with dolphins someday. Rosetta:  It would be funny to breathe out of the top of your head.  Dolphins look like they are smiling. Both:  We can make Dolphin sounds (Click, squeal), except we can’t whistle yet.   Does your child have a favorite animal, or want to learn about a new one?  Are you going or have you been to the zoo lately?  Here’s a resource to prepare for your visit, or follow-up afterward.  The text could be read to a younger child, or be read by beginning readers (K—2). This is simply a great book to learn about animals!  The photographs, as with most National Geographic materials, are stunning.  There are unusual facts about each animal, of great interest to children of all ages.  (Did you know that a camel moves both legs on one side at a time?) In the classroom this would be a good resource to provide information about different animal groups (traits of animals in general, traits of mammals, or comparing two different animals), but the focus is on where the animal lives (biome), and how the animal meets the challenges of a particular environment (animal adaptations).  A brief description of each biome is included.  Segments of this book could be used to introduce a lesson or to provide extra information for a child’s special interest.

It is available from the National Geographic Store, Amazon  or Barnes & Noble.  (Compare prices—they are different at each location.) Hughes, Catherine D. First Big Book of Animals. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2010. Print. (Dolphins are on pp. 26—29) ISBN 978-1-4263-0704-1 NGSS:  K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.