8/29/19

Forgotten Beasts...what a great surprise!





One of the fantastic perks of being a writer (in addition to a teacher) is that many publishing houses are eager to send me advance copies of amazing books. I am careful about choosing to review books that seem to fit what I feel I would use in the classroom, or books I think some of my friends would love.  

I was so excited to receive the book Forgotten Beasts by Matt Sewell.  I have learned over the years that children have a huge fascination with dinosaurs, monsters, mythical creatures and the like.  Frankly, so do many adults I know! I know that I do. 

This book is larger than your typical book, which immediately lets you know that you are about to enter a larger than life world. The book’s actual title is Forgotten Beasts, Amazing Creatures that Once Roamed the Earth. The title alone lures you in. 

I was immediately intrigued by the beautiful illustrations that are colorful and beautifully done. 










The author uses almost all of the space on the pages to bring the creatures alive- and the size is a nod to the larger than life theme of the book.  The text is just long enough to engage readers of many ages, and yet packed full of fascinating information about each creature. He provides information such as size and weight of each creature, but also compares each to the current animal that it is in close relation to. This helps the reader make important connections which is what we as teachers are always trying to help the children with. 

I particularly love the 8 foot turtle called the Meiolania, the Pygmy Mammoth and the 9 ft. Diprotodon.  Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this online. It will not disappoint. 

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