Kids Book Reviews ~ Library Haul #9

This week, just for kicks, I thought we’d change it up a little and focus on the nonfiction children’s books we’ve found. I’ve been trying to be more intentional about adding nonfiction to Sophia’s reading pile as we move into the age of “preschool”. Granted, any reading at all is educational, but Sophiapea is moving into the endless questions stage, so it’s nice to have books that are very explanatory.
Without further ado…

Face to Face with Elephants by Beverly and Derek Joubart

This book was filled with excellent photographs of elephants, and an enormous amount of other information. When it came down to it, it was still a little advanced for her at least in amount of content, but we read a healthy percentage of it, enjoyed the pictures thoroughly, and talked a lot about elephants.

We liked it: 3 out of 5 stars (I think we probably would have given it 4 stars if she was just a little bit older.)

Parrots and Other Birds by Mary Schulte

This was a much better level for my little Miss. It still had good information and some vocabulary building aspects, but we weren’t overwhelmed by the amount of words and information. She learned all about clutches of eggs, parrots, ostriches, penguins, and several of the attributes that all birds share.

We really liked it: 4 out of 5 stars

Deer by Derek Zobel

This book followed along the same lines as the book about Parrots. It was much shorter, easy to get through, but I thought it still had a respectable amount of information for a three-year-old to absorb. Sophia learned about antlers, bucks, and does, and a few other deer habits. I don’t think there was quite as much practical information in this book as there was in the parrots book, and some of it seemed to be simplified when it really didn’t need to be. Nonetheless, Sophia was interested in Deer and picked it out at the library, so that is what we read, and that is what we learned.

We liked it: 3 out of 5 stars

One Night, Far From Here” A Magically Revealing Bestiary by Julia Wauters

This was by far the gem of this library haul. The pictures inside were arranged in a series of semi transparent and normal pages, so that as you progressed through the book, different things would appear. Despite the appearance of the word “magically” in the title, it was a truly illuminating romp across the world. Each series of pages focuses on a different continent and presents a wide variety of the flora and fauna one might find in that particular geographic location. Seriously, there were animals and plants listed in here that I was unsure of. Not that I’m a great botanist or zoologist, but I do read a lot, and it surprised me. We actually spent some time on Youtube after reading this book, looking up all the animals we (I) was unsure of.

We loved it: 5 out of 5 stars

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