The Book of Tiny Creatures

Princeton Architectural. Feb. 2021. 72p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781616899745.
K-Gr 4–This title will appeal to readers who want to know more about the creepy crawlies and beautiful butterflies of the world. Readers are asked questions such as, “Who are the tiny creatures?” and “Who uses four wings to fly?” The text covers a range of flying, crawling, and creeping critters, and focuses on three core groups: mollusks, annelids, and arthropods. “Little Workshop” sections are included, which provide hands-on activities designed to help youngsters engage with tiny creatures by safely catching them and building terrariums and garden shelters. Overall, the elegant design echoes the illustrations of 19th-century naturalists, but the text sometimes overtakes the images. Although the changes in typeface help differentiate headings from content, the cursive script is small and sometimes challenging to read. A great deal of information is shared throughout, resulting in some pages that are a bit more crowded than others. Ultimately, the book is delicately designed, elegantly constructed, and will appeal to readers for its eye-catching aesthetics and informational content.
VERDICT Purchase for nonfiction nature collections; a lovely addition to the shelves of budding naturalists.

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