Monday, March 30, 2015

Learn About Marine Animals Through The Words Of The Animals Themselves

by David FitzSimmons

List $16.95
Hardcover, Color illustrations throughout, 11 in. x 9.5 in., 32 pp.
ISBN 978-1-936607-72-3
Published by Wild Iris Publishing
Official Publication date April 22, 2015 (Earth Day)
Children’s Nonfiction (Ages 2-8).  displays more Curious Critters photos and provides information about how FitzSimmons photographed the animals, as well as insight about how he write his books.

Curious Critters Volume One has sold over 100,000 copies and won six national book awards, including the coveted Independent Book Publishers Association’s Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book.

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We are so impressed with this book about marine animals. From the amazingly brilliant photos to the tidbits about each one written in their own voice. This made reading to my kids so much easier. They felt as if the animal was telling them about themselves not me reading some boring fact. They seemed to retain much more this way when I asked them questions afterward.

Great resource for any classroom, library or home!

Check out the website when you have a chance for information on animals along with some fun activity sheets as well.

About the Author

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, and Shutterbug. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. David’s most recent publications include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools, Curious Critters, which has won five national book awards and sold over 100,000 copies to-date, and Curious Critter Volume Two, as well as audiobooks for both Curious Critters titles. Forthcoming is Salamander Dance (Spring 2016), a children’s picture book exploring the annual life cycle of vernal pools, and the first two board books, Curious Critters Ohio and Curious Critters Michigan.

One of seven Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school, college, and university classes to photography groups and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival.
Before becoming a freelance photographer and author, David taught for over twenty years, first as high school English teacher and then as a university professor, having instructed at Ashland University, Ohio State University, and Cornell University. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing.
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  1. My grandson loves learning about marine critters. This would be a perfect book for him.

  2. This is such a beautiful book with great pictures so they can really see what they look like in the ocean.


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