Encouraging curiosity and respect for differences!
One thing Steve Jenkins and Robin Page know for sure about children – they LOVE animals!
Through the lens of animal bodies the authors challenge us to look at familiar animals from a new perspective, and discover the characteristics of less known animals (like Archer Fish and Moles). ‘Discovery’ pages present body parts of various animals (eyes, ears, tails, etc.) which is then followed by the reveal of each animal and a description of how that particular animal uses that body part (did you know that the Horned Lizard can shoot blood from its EYES?). The textural, colourful artwork and animal trivia is enjoyed by all children (and adults!).
At the back of the book there is a description of each animal presented in the book, so curious minds can learn more about these wonderful, and silly, creatures! Providing teachers and children a brief description of these animals (without having to do any immediate research), but also helps to fulfill and encourage our curiosity for the animal world.
As a teaching tool this book a great introduction to leading with different body parts, encouraging children to incorporate the actions of the animals as well. Thinking about parts of animals can also be a stepping-stone to helping children consider how we use our bodies, and to explore how we can move different body parts, or create new ways to move our bodies (like a Platypus! Like a Mole! Move like a Blue-Footed Booby!). And it must be said that some of the names of the animals incites much giggling as well (how can you not giggle when you hear ‘Blue-Footed Booby!’).
What I love most about this text is that it offers children (and adults) a different lens through which to view and appreciate the animal world, encouraging all readers to be curious about differences, and respect individuality.
May we all find the time to stop and dance – like a Blue Footed Booby!
Wishing you wellness,