Monday, July 22, 2019

Explore the "Earth's Amazing Habitats" with this New Picture Book by Mia Cassany (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.

While many parents are putting their back to school lists together for their kids, I am working on adding new books to my girls' upcoming school library, to go along with our homeschooling for the new school year.  This is one of my favorite things to do as I get to not only see all the new books available for kids, but also add new topics to our homeschool curriculum and lesson plans I have drawn up.  When I saw this new picture book by Mia Cassany in person the other day, I knew it was something I wanted to share with my girls, as they both love animals, and learning all about them including where they come from the habitats that they live in.

About this book:

"This brilliantly illustrated book takes young readers to the planet's wild regions, including forests, jungles, tundras, and deserts to discover the animals that call it home.

This captivating book brings the natural world into sharp focus. Beautifully colored and intricately detailed illustrations depict places as exotic and wide-ranging as Senegal's Niokolo-Koba National Park, Russia's Sikhote-Alin mountain range, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka, Daintree National Park in Australia, the Mexican desert, and China's bamboo forests. 

The animals that live in these remote places, cleverly hidden in the trees, plants, and flowers, create a marvelous challenge for young readers to find and identify. 

Each spread contains more than twenty different species including birds, snakes, frogs, iguanas, leopards, tigers, gorillas, pandas, and wolves. The back of the book is filled with additional information about the animals and their habitats. Young readers will find much to discover, explore, and learn in this absorbing celebration of our planet and the amazing creatures we share it with."


What really caught my eye about this picture book, next to the stunning full-color illustrations done by Marcos Navarro, is how the book was presented.  The first two pages of the book open to show kids a sprawling 2-page map of the continents, filled with different animals that live in each area.  

This was a great starting point to share with my girls, not just to review the different continents, but to also let them choose where we begin our wilderness journey.   As we flipped through the pages, the girls couldn't help but put their hands out to have me stop on each page, as they wanted to take in all the detailing of the illustrations, and see all the different animals that seemed to be crawling all over the page.  

As I read about the different areas and animals that live there, the girls had fun pointing out the animals.  There were so many animals introduced to us that the girls had never heard of, which made this a very fascinating book to enjoy together. And, by the time we reached the end of the book, the girls were quick to flip back to the beginning, as they wanted to read through it again, and see the different animals.  

We have only had this book for about a week now, but it has become a hit with my girls, and one book they continually pull from the bookcase to read and flip through the pages to admire the illustrations of the different animals. My girls also love to sketch their own versions of the animals featured in this book, and have used their phone time to research further about some of the animals they were introduced to, to learn more about them.

If your kids love animals or learning about new things, then you will definitely want to check out this new picture book.  Both of my girls give it two thumbs up! :-)

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

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