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Book: Animal Helpers: Zoos
Author: Jennifer Keats Curtis
Photographers: Jeff Bill, Patti Clark, Jason Fantuzzi, John Gomes, Robyn Johnson, Patrick Lampi, Carey Riccardone, and Brint Spencer
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1607187134 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1607187132 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1607188506 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1607188503 (Paperback)
Related websites: http://www.jenniferkeatscurtis.com (author), http://www.SylvanDellPublishing.com (publisher)
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 5-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Curtis, Jennifer Keats. Animal Helpers: Zoos (published in 2013 by Sylvan Dell Publishing, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464). When you were a child, did you ever consider working in a zoo? Or if you are now young, have you thought about it? When they were little, our boys loved zoos, and we visited quite a few of them, like those in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Toledo, OH; Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, and Lafayette, IN; Knoxville, TN; Tampa, FL; St. Louis, MO; Hershey, PA; and Chicago, IL; that I can think of offhand. Zoos are amazing places to see and learn about the many native and exotic animals that inhabit this world. Obviously, it takes a lot of individuals doing many different activities to maintain a zoo. They help protect, care for, and conserve wildlife. What are some of the jobs that are available for people who work in zoos?
This photographic journal book in the Animal Helpers Series from Sylvan Dell Publishing highlights various kinds of workers in a zoo, including zookeepers, veterinarians, animal trainers, interns, and volunteers, and explains their duties in a fun and interesting way. There are luscious full-color, full-page photographs of many sorts of animals, such as a giraffe, a baby moose, chimpanzees, and a rhinoceros, among others—even a newborn snow leopard and a red panda. These pictures come from the Alaska, Austin, Maryland, and Turtle Back Zoos. The “For Creative Minds” educational section has four pages of learning activities, and there are more free activities at the publisher’s website. It would be an excellent book to read and discuss in a homeschool or classroom. Two other books are available in the Animal Helpers Series, Wildlife Rehabilitators and Sanctuaries, and two more are planned, Aquariums and Raptor Centers.