New Book, Curious Critters, Celebrates the Earth’s Diversity

As parents, my husband and I have read MANY children’s books starring animals over the years. Countless images and illustrations of lions, horses, cows and whales have delighted my son and daughter.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all animals–but I must admit I have yearned for a little more. There are so many amazing, diverse, spectacular creatures out there. Why do we never see them within the pages of most children’s books?

When I first opened this new selection by David FitzSimmons I was very pleasantly surprised. Instead of the normal repertoire of cows, cats, and baby ducklings, the book displays astoundingly beautiful images of some very unique and under-appreciated animals.  From a Ohio Crawfish to a Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle, it is filled with a wonderful assortment of new animal friends for the kiddos to explore. Talk about a great way to help them understand the importance of protecting our planet’s many habitats.

Great little poetic blurbs accompany each photo and a section in the back provides lots of neat facts. A colorful diagram even shows each creature’s outline in actual size.

This book is really a one of a kind addition to our library: celebrating the diversity that makes the Earth such a magnificent place to live. Check it out at

Melanie Mayo-Laakso


Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.

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