Sunday, December 16, 2018

Kids Will Have Fun Learning about the Fauna from the Land Down Under in the New Picture Book, "A is for Australian Animals" by Frané Lessac (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Picture book creator Frané Lessac’s latest A is for Australian Animals is the perfect guide to teach young ones all about the fauna from the land down under.

by Frané Lessac
Picture Book
Ages 7-9
Hardcover ISBN: 9780763694845

We have been galloping the globe for our homeschooling and this past month we made a stop in Australia.  The girls have online pen pals from here, so it was finally nice for them to learn more about Australia besides what most people know it for...Crocodile Dundee (just kidding) and kangaroos.  Thanks to a YouTube video my youngest daughter saw the other day, she said the Hemsworth brothers came from here, as well as a few other actors that she couldn't remember their names.  I had the girls do a YouTube search on the kid-friendly app on their phones, and i guess it was important to share this fun fact.  The girls had no idea who the Hemsworth brothers were, but said must be from the movies they aren't into. :-)

After watching a few other videos online that I found about Australia that were actually educational, I followed up by reading this new book by Frané Lessac, which is geared towards kids ages 7-9.  Usually when my girls see A-Z books they think they are babyish, but I said this as for their ages, and they couldn't wait to prove me from. But, after flipping open the book they could see that this wasn't for little kids, and they were all smiles.  Each page introduces kids to animals found in Australia, along with full color illustrations of them in their natural habitats, along with a bunch of fun facts.  We had so much fun flipping through the pages and learning about the 38 weird and wonderful animals that live in Australian.  While this book covers the kangaroo and Tasmanian devil, there are other less common animals kids would think of when asked what animals can be found in Australian.  My youngest fell in love with the Ulysses Butterfly and Lyrebird, while my oldest found the jumping spider a very interesting spider, who pounces on his prey and has 8 eyes that look like shiny beads.  You can also find a Irukandji Jellyfish in the waters of Australian -- but, if you ever come over, look and don't touch as they are the most venomous creatures in the world, while also being the smallest jellyfish in the world, too.

A is for Australian Animals really is a fun picture books filled with so many interesting and fun facts about animals of Australian. Kids will have fun looking at the colorful illustrations as you read the facts...and, be ready to linger on some pages as kids will want to take in all the details and  will probably have comments or questions about the animals.  My girls really enjoyed this book, and it gave them a greater appreciation for the animals that can be found in Australian...many of which they had never heard of.  But, now they can share some fun facts abut each, thanks to this fun book for kids!

More about this new picture book:

"There are so many amazing animals to be found in Australia — and many of them are found nowhere else in the world.

Discover thirty-eight of the weird and wonderful creatures of Down Under — from the iconic kangaroo to the puzzling echidna; from the tiny crusader bug to the enormous saltwater crocodile; from the adorable quokka to the terrifying Tasmanian devil. Did you know that lyrebirds can mimic almost any sound? Or that an oblong turtle has the longest neck of any turtle in the world? Vibrant paintings and fascinating facts introduce readers to a wide array of incredible animals in this vivid celebration of the fauna that makes Australia unique."

About the Author:

Frané Lessac is the creator of Island Counting 1 2 3 and the illustrator of Pattan’s Pumpkin, Midnight, The Donkey of Gallipoli, and The Greatest Liar on Earth as well as many other books for young readers. She was born in the United States and lived on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and in London before moving to Australia, where she now makes her home.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. We have a bit of a book addiction at our house. I love fun picture books that the kids can learn from too.