Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Zoo Borns!: Zoo Babies From Around the World

Zoo Borns!
written and photographed by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland
(Beach Lane Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library

As you see by the picture on your left, the photographs in Zoo Borns! are any synonym of adorable that you can write. This book is worth the price of purchase for the pictures alone. I'm sure there is a calendar somewhere featuring this group of newborns. You can see more if you click on this browse inside link. But Zoo Borns! is not a one-trick-pony. It is loaded with a lot of information about these baby animals. First, there is a wide variety of species represented in this book so you could search the globe using Google Earth to see the natural habitats of these animals. Another great feature is the back matter. The authors include a paragraph of information about each animal featured in the book. For each animal entry, there is a rating on a conservation status key. It ranges from critically endangered to least concerned. The red kangaroo falls in the category of least concerned while the Sumatran Orangutan is listed as critically endangered. This would be a terrific opportunity to teach children how to create a rating for content matter. It is higher level thinking to be able to create a scale for a particular area of content. Zoo Borns! would also work nicely in teaching young students how to use and/or make a circle map. This will lead to teaching about supporting details.

Visit the ZooBorns blog with your class to see more cute photos and gather more information for possible conservation lessons. Click on the Read More button for a You Tube video currently featured on the blog. It shows a set of pygmy marmoset twins at the Perth Zoo.

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