Our featured picture book today, Animal Teachers by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Katy Hudson has been been off to a great start since it was released in September. It has been nominated in the 2014 Cybils elementary/middle grade nonfiction category and has already won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2014 Gold Best award.
Have you ever wondered how baby animals learn? Are they born knowing everything they need to survive or do they learn from their parents and peers like we humans do? Animal Teachers will answer those questions with some surprising examples. The reader finds out that chicks need to be taught what proper food is and young cheetahs need to be taught how to run. Who would have guessed?
For the text Janet has used what could be described as a “reverse Q & A.” Each two-page spread first tells what a baby animal learns from its parents and then asks a few questions about similar things humans might do, drawing the reader in. It is a wonderful way to inspire conversations and deeper understanding.
You will definitely want to share this fascinating and sweet book with the animal lovers. It would also be a great resource for the classroom, allowing students to discover new things about animals and learning.
If you would like to learn more, try our full review at Wrapped in Foil, as well as some related information and activities at Growing With Science.