Kristine L, Reviewer
Last updated on 04 Mar 2023
This one's a WINNER!
This top-notch story tells young readers how and why a young girl rescues animals. It's packed with keen observations, animal facts, and age-appropriate practical tips for protecting animals and the world we share.
Ava lives with her grandparents. They run an animal rescue center. Her grandfather is a veterinarian. Ava helps her grandmother prepare for a new arrival.
In anticipation of the new animal arrival, Ava and her grandmother take a walk to the pet store for supplies. Along the way they meet or discuss amphibians, reptiles, and a variety of mammals. They also discover and discuss fun facts about animals and identify different animal footprints, poop, how horses and donkeys are related, dogs with jobs, and animal groups such as carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores. Examples of animals in each category are discussed. Also, ecosystems, food webs, habitats and homes. Vibrant, colorful illustrations complement the text.
When Ava and her grandmother get home, the new animal rescue has arrived. In fact, there’s more than one. The new residents are “small and fluffy, with long ears, huge feet, and cute, fluffy tails.”
The book ends urging readers to “get to know the animals that live near you” by looking for clues “like footprints and poop.” Then just be patient and wait.
Also included is a list of Stay Safe reminders when meeting animals both domestic and wild. Also how to be an animal hero and tips for protecting all animals and the world they live in.
This book is terrific! Ava Loves Rescuing Animals not only teaches young readers why and how to rescue and safely interact with animals, it also urges readers to be kind to animals and treat animal habitats and the environment with care and respect.
Readers ages four to seven and animal lovers of any age will enjoy this book. I LOVED it!
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