HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Animal Helpers: Wildlife Rehabilitators
Author: Jennifer Keats Curtis
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-671-7 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-672-4 (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-673-1 (eBook)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Curtis, Jennifer Keats. Animal Helpers: Wildlife Rehabilitators (published in 2012 by Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464). What are experts who care for sick, hurt, or orphaned wild animals called? With the help of Victoria Campbell of the Wild Things Sanctuary in New York, Kim Johnson of the Drift Inn Wildlife Sanctuary in Texas, Miriam Moyer and Mary Birney of the White Flicker Wild Bird Rehabilitation Clinic of Pennsylvania, Kathy Woods of the Phoenix Wildlife Center in Maryland, and Randy Loftus of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office, author Jennifer Keats Curtis takes the reader on a “behind the scenes” tour of these four different centers where wildlife rehabilitators nurse wild animals back to health and release them into the wild if they can. Like people, animals get sick or hurt. You take your pet to the veterinarian, but what happens when wild animals are injured, ill, or orphaned?
Full-paged color photographs accompany the simple text which explains how wildlife rehabilitators rescue animals that have been injured or trapped, make safe shelters for them, care for them, feed them, give them medicine, even do surgery on them when necessary, then release them back into the wild whenever possible, and also teach people the best way to help wild animals in need. The book includes four pages of “For Creative Minds” learning activities, with more free activities online at the publisher’s website. Kids love to read about and look at pictures of animals. They can surely benefit from the information in Animal Helpers: Wildlife Rehabilitators. Remember that wild animals aren’t pets but require specialized treatment. Maybe someday you might even want to become a wildlife rehabilitator!