Odd Beasts: Meet Nature's Weirdest Animals

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Odd Beasts: Meet Nature's Weirdest Animals
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Age Range
1+
Release Date
November 02, 2021
ISBN
978-1419742224
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Meet nature’s oddballs in this charming board book about some of the strangest animals in the world

Barnyard animals—move over! Odd Beasts introduces babies and toddlers to more unusual species, including the glass frog with transparent skin and the pangolin—the only mammal with scales! Gentle rhyming verses provide the comforting repetition that little ones crave, even as their minds are opened to new and fascinating creatures from around the world. At the end of the book, readers will find photographs of each animal, along with more detailed factual information. The eight animals featured are the pangolin, ocean sunfish, glass frog, anglerfish, long-horned orb-weaver spider, Eastern snake-necked turtle, bush baby, and giant jumping stick.

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entertaining and educational board book
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
ODD BEASTS is a delightful board book that features some unique animals. The book shows each animal in illustrations along with a sentence with what makes them unique, such as "This pangolin wears armor." The book concludes by suggesting that these animals might think the weirdest animal is you! The coolest part is the backmatter, which includes photographs of each animal along with brief descriptions in the form of a question and answer.

What I loved: This is a fun picture book read for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, who are getting into animals. The book can be read quickly as the brief sentences along with illustrated images for the youngest readers or explored more in depth with the backmatter for toddlers/preschoolers. The photos and more detailed text add a lot of educational value to this fun book in a speed that is great for the youngest learners. The vivid colors and simple text of the book appeals to young readers and large, easy to read font makes this a fun one for caregivers too.

Final verdict: An educational read that is great for infants through preschoolers, ODD BEASTS is a great introduction to animal diversity in a fun board book read.
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