Did you know that a crocodile can go three years without eating? And a tarantula two years? This and many other questions have been thrown my way recently because I handed the boys a copy of The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts by Maja Safstrom. Full of fascinating tidbits and fantastic black and white illustrations, this little book has become the “let’s quiz mom” resource.
Ms. Safstrom makes chickens look sassy, ostriches peaceful, kangaroos thoughtful, and sloths positively radiant. The art alone makes paging through a pleasure, but coupled with serious animal info makes one feel downright smart. A short book, but with plenty of amazing trivia bait, this little number is perfect for the fellas (and their mother who is learning from them). With little space on our shelves, it’s great to have a 50% art-50% fascinating facts title to review and learn something new from time and again. Ms. Safstrom states she hopes to teach something new and inspire animal love. She succeeded in our case.
This little book seems destined for gifting at any age. It’s no DK animal guide, it’s not meant to be poured over for hours. Instead, it’s sweet, smart, and thoughtful. It’s kept us busy for a few minutes at night before dinners.
(This book was provided by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.)