Moberg, Julia Historical Animals 96 pgs. Imagine 2015. $15.95 NONFICTION
This large picture book features a double page spread of a huge
selection of famous animals such as Shamu, Dolly, Unsinkable Sam, Balto and
many more. A little poem is featured, a large illustration, historical stats, as
well information tidbits such as did you know? There are also many pages that people
that are a big part of lesser known but interesting animal adventures such as
Alexander the greats horse, Mozart’s bird, Beatrix Potter and her pet, and the
role of rats in The Black Plague.
This is a fun book with an endless supply of interesting animals
and fun historical facts. As usual, where possible, I really want to see a mix
of photographs and illustrations. I think this is important for especially
younger students, with non-fiction books. It helps them to discern that what
they are reading is real, while the illustrations add some colorful interest. I
would pick this up for my school library, it might be fun to do animal
biographies with a younger grade research unit.
EL (K-3), EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School
Librarian & Author.