On a recent library trip, one of the girls pulled Caroline Arnold’s African Animals off the shelf and, charmed by the elephant family on the front, wanted to take it home. Both girls enjoyed the lovely pictures of animals as well as the fun facts they learned. I particularly like the format of the book. Caroline Arnold divides her discussion of animals by habitat: grasslands, forest, desert. Each animal she discusses gets a large picture and a paragraph or two of text. The final pages discuss the need for conservation of African animals’ habitats. There are enough interesting facts to engage an older child, but the descriptions are brief enough to hold the attention of a younger child. Even 3yo C was willing to listen rather than simply look.
This week’s Non-Fiction Monday Round-Up is at Charlotte’s Library.