The Big Book of Beasts

by | Jun 1, 2021

Front Cover of the children's picture book, The Big Book of Beasts
This month we will explore beasts with the help of our June Book of the Month, The Big Book of Beasts by Yuval Zommer. This large picture book is a wonderful and imaginative introduction to the animals and reptiles that evoke both fear and awe.

Read on to learn more about the book and why I have selected it as our Book of the Month.

An encounter with the beasts of our world

In our world, there are creatures that capture our imaginations and evoke a range of strong emotions, such as fear and awe. The Big Book of Beasts helps children learn about such creatures in a creative way. Included in the group are big cats, bears, baboons and wolves. Essential information about each type of beast is shared with the reader, including descriptions of their habitat and behaviours. In fact, the book answers common questions, such as why do wolves howl at the moon? A vocabulary list that includes common scientific terms used to discuss beasts is featured at the back of the book.

The picture book is also interactive, encouraging the reader to engage with the text and illustrations. For example, there are 15 mysterious footprints hidden in the very detailed illustrations.

For these reasons, I love the book and had to add it to our reading list.

The beasts of the past

One of the reasons why I simply had to add this book to our list is because it introduces children to the beasts of the past and in particular, the beasts of the Ice Age. Our Earth has changed greatly over four billion years and many of our modern species have evolved from ancient ones. Exploring the beasts of the Ice Age can help readers understand that certain animals and reptiles have long family histories, evolving over many thousands of years. This, in turn, can help them develop an understanding of time, which can be a difficult concept to grasp, 

The Big Book of Beasts is published by Thames & Hudson and is available from The Book Depository and Amazon.

Inspired by the book, we will be exploring beasts this month on social media. I invite you to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Also,  I invite you to join me in a creative challenge. During this month, write a story or make art about the beasts of your imagination. Share them with us on Facebook or Instagram. You can also do a study of an ancient or modern beast, or an artefact representing one.

On YouTube, I will be doing some craft activities. To receive notifications of my latest creative adventures, subscribe to my YouTube channel. You can also find my previous adventures on my website on my Art Video Library page..

Disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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