Zoos: Animal Helpers
Jennifer Keats Curtis
Arbordale, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ou are invited to visit a zoo and see what zookeepers do in this picture book that features color photos of many types of zoo animals. Would you enjoy giving a baby moose a bottle, scrubbing a rhino's foot, building a new home for porcupines or providing a snack for baby alligators? If so, you might make a good zookeeper.
ookeepers must look after many different animals and they also work closely with veterinarians who care for the animals when they need check-ups, their shots, or are sick.
oo animals, especially babies, often get bored and they want someone to play with them. That's one of the fun things zookeepers get to do. They also clean out the cages and bring the animals their food every day.
For Creative Minds
part of this book you'll find a section on building a zoo habitat and another on wildlife conservation. There's also information on the differences between a zookeeper, zoologist and veterinarian.
hen you finish reading this book, try the true or false self-test at the back to see how much you remember about a zookeeper's job. This book fits nicely into Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and social studies lessons for grades K-2.
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