Welcome to National Geographic Kids Week here at Mother Daughter Book Reviews.
Welcome to Day 3 of our National Geographic Kids Mega Giveaway. If you missed our earlier posts, we featured a review and giveaway for Koalas and the Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas, so be sure to head on over to both of these giveaways to enter for your chance to win 1 of 2 print copies of each.
Be sure to come back each day this week to enter a new giveaway for a different book. All of the giveaways will close on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Without further ado, let us continue with Book #3: Cutest Animals Collection.
Title: Cutest Animals Collection (National Geographic Kids) | Publication Date: January 7, 2014 | Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books | Pages: 128 | Recommended Ages: 4 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary: Some have fuzzy fur, or big adorable eyes, others love to cuddle, but all have the power to make you say “aww!” National Geographic Kids brings readers some of their reader’s favorite cute animals in one convenient package. Roly-poly polar bears, waddling penguins, funny monkeys, and amazing animal babies are all adorable in their own way, and have won their way into kids’ hearts all over the world. Fascinating animal information is accompanied by wonderful photographs to ensure that kids’ natural curiosity is both satisfied AND inspired.
My Thoughts: Well, I had a feeling my son would want this book. Given his feelings about koalas, it only follows that he would like the book all about the “cutest animals”. I didn’t notice at first, but this one book is actually four books in one. There is one book on “Penguins”, one on “Polar Bears”, one on “Monkeys”, and of course, the one we all loved the best: “Animal Babies”. When I think “cutest animals”, I actually think koalas and kittens. I can’t say that “polar bear” would even have crossed my mind, but these four books are filled with stunning photos that actually do make you go “awwww…”
The Cutest Animals Collection is a Level 1 & 2 reader so it’s a great choice for children who are newly independent readers and who are looking for a bit more of a challenge. As with Koalas, this book also introduces concepts and new vocabulary to children such as “den”, “primate”, “equator”, and “litter”. The words are used in the text and are highlighted and defined at the end of each of the books. Some of the more difficult words have pronunciation guides as well, such as “PRY-mates”, “por-puh-sing”, and “muh-KAKS”.
As with all National Geographic Kids books, this one is overflowing with facts about all of these animals. For example, did you know that a polar bear can smell a seal 20 miles away! I also had a total “a-ha” moment when I read the discussion of New World Monkeys versus Old World Monkeys. I had taken Anthropology in University and I remember this distinction. New World Monkeys live in Central and South America while Old World Monkeys live in Africa and Asia (and of course there are other differences too!)
Two other things are worthy of mention. At the very back of the book, there is a “Dos and Dont’s” section discussing how you can help baby animals. For example, DO=”Pick up trash you see in the woods”; DON’T=”Feed ducks and other birds bread” (my big, big pet peeve). Also, there is a fun little quiz called “Stump Your Parents”, where children are encouraged to ask their parents some toughies to see what they know. Here is an example:
What should you do if you find a baby bird on the ground?
a. Run away
b. Leave it alone and tell an adult
c. Bring it home
d. Give it candy
Think you know the answer? You can earn an extra entry in the giveaway below.
My Bottom Line: The Cutest Animals Collection features stunning photography that will have you saying “awwww….”; many facts about what the animals’ eat, where they live, and lots of information about what they do all day long. This one will be particularly loved by children who want to learn more about some of the animals they find adorable. The Cutest Animals Collection would make a great addition to a school classroom or library. Ages 4 to 8.
* This book was provided to me by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. *
* Giveaway: Cutest Animals Collection *
Prize: There will be two winners who will each receive a print copy of Cutest Animals Collection by National Geographic Kids.
Contest ends: April 6, 11:59 pm, 2014
Open: United States
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by National Geographic Kids and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.