Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth


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Balzer and Bray September 2018
  • Character-Building Curriculum
  • Science Curriculum

"Spiders are creepy.  Porcupines are scary.  Bats are ugly.  Or are they?"

Okay, take a look at the first picture in this book.  It's a massive, hairy, stone-faced gorilla who looks like he means business.   The word they are using to describe him on the facing page is.... Fierce.  And they aren't kidding.  Except with a turn of the page we learn this is a Fierce Papa.  That's a whole other kettle of fish, isn't it?

So, wait a a gorilla fierce?  This book is full of surprises.  Turns out with the turn of  page you learn your judging the animal by its cover strategy isn't always getting you to the right answer.  A gorilla can be a fierce papa.  Isn't that wonderful?  Doesn't that make gorillas a bit more approachable and a bit less intimidating?

How about the next one...'s a's Creepy... with a turn of the page, what will you find out?

Welcome to the wonder of the natural world.  With each new animal the world gets a little bit bigger, a little bit more phenomenal, a little bit more of a place you might like to visit.  Animals with bad "reps" are wonders all.

A magical, wonderful pathway into the astonishing world of nature.  What a great gift book this will be. (And maybe, just maybe if we learn to look beyond the reputation and the "cover" of an animal, we can learn to do the same thing with each other.)

48 pages          978-0062741615         Ages 4-8

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


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