Zoology for Kids: Understanding and Working with Animals, with 21 Activities (For Kids series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-10-22 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 32 user ratings

"Zoology for Kids invites the next generation of zoologists to discover the animal kingdom through clear, entertaining information and anecdotes, lush color photos, hands-on activities, and peer-reviewed research. Young minds are introduced to zoology as a science by discussing animals' forms, functions, and behaviors as well as the history behind zoos and aquariums. Related activities include baking edible animal cells, playing a dolphin-echolocation game, and practicing designing an exhibit. Young readers can peek into the world of zookeepers and aquarists, veterinarians, wildlife researchers, and conservationists as they "train" their friends, mold a tiger's jawbone, and perform field research in their own backyard. This engaging resource provides readers with new knowledge, a healthy respect for the animal kingdom, and the idea that they can pursue animal-related careers and make a difference to preserve and protect the natural world." said.

" This is a great book with relatable explanations and easy experiments. Kratt Brothers wrote introduction. " said.

"**From the authors: Check out what Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, Booklist, and others have to say about Zoology for Kids at!**

“The Hestermanns strike an effective balance between educational material and fun that should hit a sweet spot for animal lovers.” --Publishers Weekly

“A convincing invitation to the wide world of working with animals.” --Kirkus Review

“(There’s) plenty here to engage hands-on experimenters as well as readers indulging a general interest in living things or wondering what it would be like to be a zookeeper, veterinarian, wildlife researcher, or even ‘conservation warrior.'” --Booklist

“Teachers will find these activities to be an effective way to address science standards and children will simply enjoy the hands-on experiences.” --Teacher Librarian Magazine
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"This amazing books is divided into two parts. The first introduces you to some of the basics of zoology: exploring what animals are, their behaviour and their habitats. You learn how they interact with each other and about their environment. Part two brings it all together. You see real life zoologist in action and their association with animals. You explore zookeepers, aquarists, veterinarians, wildlife researchers, and conservationists.

Each chapters includes hands-on activities, facts, beautiful photos and scientific vocabulary. The writing is geared to middle grade readers and includes additional resources and a bibliography to help kids explore their interests further. This book will peek the curiosity of those wanting to learn more about science, and especially the care and well-being of animals. It is available in both paper and ebook editions. Both homes and classrooms will find this an outstanding edition to their non-fiction book collection. I highly recommend it.

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"My son and I flipped through an ARC copy provided by Netgalley this weekend. I was really looking forward to this one as my son is obsessed with science and animals, and animal welfare. And although the book seemed to be really interesting and informative, it was poorly formatted for an ebook (maybe this was a galley issue). I think it would be more beneficial to review a hard copy as the formatting really prevented engaging either of us, but particularly my son.

I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley!
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"This book is organised into two main sections - the first is “Zoology for Beginners” and the second is “Working on the Wild Side - Zoology in Real Life”. Within these sections are chapters, each of which includes “hands on” zoologically based activities for readers to have a go at. It even goes on to give career advice for anyone who would like to take their interest in zoology further into a job! Throughout the book correct terminology is introduced and any key vocabulary is shown in bold text which also indicated that term is included in the book’s glossary. There are detailed explanations of all things zoological - from cell structure, tissues, skeletons, key features, animal welfare - you name it, it is probably in this book. At intervals throughout the book there are additional interesting information boxes sharing facts that relate to the chapter. In the second section there is additional information about particular zoologists and their jobs. There is even information on animal classification!

There are stunning photographs of creatures great and small throughout this book which introduces many facts about zoology, zoos and zoologists to readers. This is not a picture book for the young, it is a meticulously researched and beautifully presented book on this subject and the activities in each chapter will really intrigue and inspire children to ‘have a go’!

Teachers, this book is packed with great ideas for activities, many of which could easily be used in class. It is also a well structured book giving lots of information which is well presented and organised. It also helps promote environmental awareness and may inspire some pupils to aspire to become active zoologists in their own neighbourhood and, just maybe, to consider this as a career for themselves in future.

Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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"ZOOLOGY FOR KIDS: UNDERSTANDING AND WORKING WITH ANIMALS by Josh Hestermann and Bethanie Hestermann is an engaging introduction to the science of animals.

The book is divided into two parts: Zoology for Beginners and Working on the Wild Side - Zoology in Real Life. The first section explores animal form and function, behavior, and habitats. In the second part of the book, readers examine the various careers associated with animals including zookeepers and aquarists, veterinarians, researchers, and conservationists.

The writing is geared to middle grade readers with appealing examples and interesting descriptions. While it includes scientific vocabulary, key words are bold-faced and a glossary provides definitions of these terms. In-depth side-bars and special pages feature interesting facts, background information, and career spotlights. The attractive cover, inviting layout, colorful photos, and inviting illustrations will appeal to student readers. Additional resources and a bibliography are designed to extend the experience.

Twenty-one, hands-on activities are woven throughout the book. From baking edible animal cells to testing your sense of direction, these fun experiences involve readers in meaningful projects that require both creative and critical thinking related to animal life. Teachers will find these activities to be an effective way to address science standards and children will simply enjoy the hands-on experiences.

Readers who enjoy Zoology for Kids will also want to look for other books in the Young Naturalist series including Awesome Snake Science!, Birdology, and Insectigations.

This work of nonfiction will be popular with youth who want to learn more about the science and care of animals. Librarians will find Zoology for Kids as well as the other books in the Young Naturalist series to be outstanding additions to the science collection.

The book is available in both paper and ebook editions.

Published by Chicago Review Press. Publisher e-ARC used for review.
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"This book is packed with tons of facts, beautiful pictures and activities. It's geared for ages 9 and up but even my youngest at 7 thoroughly enjoyed the book. The dictionary in the back of the book actually was one of the fun highlights because as my 7 and 9 year old read the information they had fun looking up the words to find the meanings. I see lots of adventures in our future because of the fun interactive activities within the book. I think one of my favorites of the book was the layout and the breakdown of all about animals and then all about the different people who work with animals on a daily basis. Whether your child is one that wants to work with animals in the future or they just love animals in general this is the best book to read! " said.

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