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Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth

My 6 year old son, Jibril is passionate about animals. In fact, the more rare and exotic the species or characteristics, the deeper he’ll delve in. Just this afternoon he was telling me about the deadly humboldt squid “that has been known to flip over boats and eat human beings!” His knowledge is often accurate but so vastly exaggerated, that I wonder if his interest will wean once he discovers the truth about the everyday habits of most creatures.

Lovely Beasts; The Surprising Truth by Kate Gardner and Heidi Smith takes this idea and flips it on its head to reveal a fascinating truth about each animal that thwarts its typical reputation. What I LOVE about the story is how the author makes ordinary life extraordinary. A much needed balance for all of us but especially your little animal loving expert at home.

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