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Holiday 2011: "Curious Critters" Stunning Animal Photo Book

When I first was introduced to the Curious Critters book by photographer David FitzSimmons, I found the cover to be stunning.  When I think of the word critters, cute little furry animals come to mind.  So I was surprised to find a wide assortment of other types of animals in this book.  Reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds, I am fine with, but close-ups of insects . . . not so much.  My children, on the other hand, absolutely loved this book and found it to be fascinating, insects and all.

I knew our oldest son, who is nearly 8 years old, would find this book to be extremely engaging.  He is especially interested in science and discovering more about the world.  His favorite of all the animals in this book, which are all natives of the United States, was the Eastern spiny softshell turtle.  Our nearly 5 year old daughter's favorite animal was the Bush katydid.

Towards the end of this book, the author included facts about each animal.  The information on each page and at the end of the book is not too lengthy, so it is perfect for a child to read on his or her own.  Still, I think this book would be equally as interesting for adults to read as children.  This book would be a great gift for a single child or an entire family.

To view sample pages of Curious Critters and to find fun critter e-cards, coloring pages, and word searches, visit  This hardcover book retails for $19.95, but is currently selling for $13.57 on with Free Super Saver Shipping.

Thank you to David FitzSimmons for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.