Title: Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of
Author: Martin Brown
Recommended for: kindergarten and up for sharing, third grade and up for solo reading
Pages: 53 p.
Call Number/Link: E 590 BRO
Find out all about the amazing animals you need to know but never get to see, from the numbat to the zorilla, and everything in between.
This book definitely fits into the fun non-fiction category! While it is factual, it also has humorous illustrations and funny comments.
As an example, here is a paragraph from the entry about the Lesser Fairy Armadillo:
“Imagine having your own suit of armor – not the clanking, noisy, metal medieval knight kind of armor – but tough, leathery bony plates that fit you like a second skin. That’s what armadillos have. Sticks and stones? Dog bites? Little brothers? Ha! You’d laugh at these pesky annoyances.”
And, I must admit that I would probably love any animal book that decided to include animals with names like the lesser fairy armadillo, dagger-toothed flower bat or Speke’s pectinator in it. What awesome names!
This would be an excellent class readaloud. I think a teacher would only need to read one chapter to grab the students’ interest. And then there would hopefully be multiple copies of the book in the classroom so that fisticuffs didn’t ensue, The book would also be an excellent way to introduce a unit where students would write animal reports, about either frequently spotted or lesser spotted animals. Students could be asked to include wacky facts and try to make their reports fun. (Or at least attempt one or two humorous illustrations.)
But now I must close so that I can search the Internet for photos of the lesser fairy armadillo!