Creaturepedia by Adrienne Barman – A Review

We love reading here in our home. And though fairy tales and fiction are read quite a bit, we also love non fiction and factual books.

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We were sent Creaturepedia by Adrienne Barman for review and the children and I have been enjoying turning it’s pages together.

Survival of the fittest – that’s the law of the jungle but thankfully evolution has ensured that even the weaker animals have been provided with skills and natural features that make it possible for them to survive.

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Creaturepedia is a book that classifies different animals that have the same skill or feature. It is  216 pages long and features 600 different species to keep children learning while reading. From large animals to small animals and fast animals to slow animals – all feature in the book through colourful illustrations and short captions.

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Did you notice something unique about all the animals on these pages?

 

There are pages dedicated to animals that are endangered and even those that are extinct. It even features some mythical creatures that I think is a really nice touch helping children understand the difference between creatures that exist and those that don’t.

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There is so much to talk about when perusing the book with your child. The illustrations are bright and bold and the children love looking through the book.

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Some animals have been mentioned just by name while others have tidbits of information about them. The children have been checking to see which animals they are familiar with – those seen at the zoo or a farm. They have asked questions about certain species and we have gone online and searched for more information about them.

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I think this book is fantastic for younger children but it also suits older children too as my daughter aged 10 was quite interested in going through it. Well, to be honest, I enjoyed going through the book too. I love the quaint way the animals are referred to by – ‘the pretty in pinks’, ‘the brain boxes’, ‘the night owls’ and so on.

One can clearly see the the time and dedication that has gone in to producing this beautiful book. Definitely one for the home library.

The book is published by Wide Eyed Editions and is priced at £14.99. It is well worth the money. We love the book and have been recommending it to friends.

Disclaimer: I was sent this book to review by Mumsnet Book Club. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

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