Animal Helpers: Zoos

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Animal Helpers: Zoos
Zoos are amazing places to see and learn about the many native and exotic of animals that inhabit this world. Some animals are plentiful while others are threatened or in danger of extinction. Zookeepers not only feed and care for these animals, they may also be helping to conserve and protect whole species through breeding and “head start† programs. Follow the extraordinary duties of these unusual animal helpers in this behind-the-scenes photographic journal.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 82-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Animal Helpers is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Jennifer Keats Curtis
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-4, Lexile: AD 850L, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781607187134 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607188506 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553420 $11.95  
EBook 9781607188537 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628551600 Purchase Here
Keywords:   how zoos help animals for kids, how zoos help endangered animals, zoos and conservation, how zoos protect animals, zoo conservation for kids, zoo animal enrichment, how zoos keep animals healthy for kids, zoo animals, endangered zoo animals, zoo animal welfare for kids, Animal Helpers Series
Animals in the book:   giraffe, trumpeter swan, red panda, moose, snow leopard, llama, rhinoceros, brown bear, porcupinefish, chimpanzee, monkey, polar bear, wolf, cougar, mountain lion, puma, panther
Vetters:   Thanks to the following zoos and photographers for their stories, photographs, and knowledge: John Gomes and Patrick Lampi of Alaska Zoo; Patti Clark of Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary; Jeff Bill, Robyn Johnson, and Carey Riccardone of Maryland Zoo; Brint Spencer and Jason Fantuzzi of Turtle Back Zoo.

Other books in this "Animal Helpers Series" include:


Curtis capitalizes on children's love of animals to teach them about zookeepers. Aimed at a young audience, the text is minimal, describing for readers some of the tasks zookeepers perform on a daily basis. - School Library Journal

Animal Helpers: Zoos would work well as an introduction to this topic to spin off students' research projects and to stimulate their interest in learning more. - NSTA Recommends

Zoos is chock full of portraits of zoo animals and their caretakers up close and will thrill young students of nature and living creatures. - Midwest Book Review

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning Jennifer Keats Curtis has penned numerous stories about animals, including Creek Critters, Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue (Children's Choice Book Award Winner) and After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary (NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children), with co-author Dr. Brady Barr of Nat Geo Wild's Dangerous Encounter, Baby Bear's Adoption with wildlife biologists at Michigan's DNR, River Rescue with Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.; and Moonlight Crab Count with co-author Dr. Neeti Bathala. The long-time writer's other recent books include The Lizard Lady, with co-author Dr. Nicole Angeli, Maggie: Alaska's Last Elephant and the Animal Helpers series. When not writing, Jennifer can be found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation.


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